I have been working with relationship difficulties for over 20 years and have a good understanding of the challenges some relationships can face. Communication might have broken down; one of you might have had an affair; there may be depression, bereavement, loss and anxiety present; or you may be involved in an abusive relationship. These are amongst the many issues that you may want to talk about.
I work with couples and with individuals who are experiencing, or have experienced, difficulties in their relationships. The counselling I offer covers the entire spectrum from very new relationships, to longterm marriages and also includes help with managing separation and divorce when that is needed.
I want clients to feel safe to talk about the issues that are troubling them so, after an initial assessment, I aim to work at a client's pace and in a style that suits them, be it supportive or more probing and challenging. This can either be for a short period of time or much longer term. I hope to help and guide clients to find ways forward that they can use in their everyday lives.
I work using a number of theoretical approaches including psychodynamic (exploring the past to understand how it influences the present); object relations (looking at the way people relate to others and situations in their adult lives in relation to their experiences during infancy); and attachment (patterns of relating to a significant other/s in your life). What this means is that I will work with you to understand why you find yourself in your current difficulties and, with that understanding, open up choices about how different things could be in the future.
I like to think I bring qualities of warmth and commonsense (and sometimes humour) to a process that can feel daunting in the beginning and can be painful at times.
My consulting room is between Strensall and Sheriff Hutton, 9 miles north of York. There is parking available in a location where your car will not be recognised and I leave time between appointments so that you will not encounter other clients coming or going.
I aim to be flexible with appointments times, given that many clients lead busy lives and will try to find a mutually convenient time for your sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
1989/91: Certificate in Marital Counselling (London Marriage Guidance Council)
1991/92: Diploma in Marital Counselling (London Marriage Guidance Council)
1994/95: Certifcate in the Psychoanalytic Study of the Couple Relationship (Tavistock Institute of Marital
Have taken numerous other, shorter courses and workshops in related subjects, including a one term course at the Brief Therapy Centre in London.
Gained Accreditation from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy in 1995. (Accredited Counsellor No. 513693)
I have worked as a Relate counsellor for over 20 years.
I have had a private counselling practice for over 10 years.
I have worked as a Licensed Practitioner for Relate in London from 2012/2015
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session (60 minutes)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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By appointment with evening and some weekend availability
Types of client