Elements Of Health Ltd
64 Bethel Street
There are many reasons why people seek counselling and therapy. You may be feeling overwhelmed by difficult emotions which have been triggered by stressful life events. Perhaps a recent bereavment, relationship breakdown or work related stress have left you feeling that you are struggling to cope. Or you may wish to understand things that have happened in your past which are continuing to affect you in your day to day living.
Whatever the reason for seeking therapy, many people do find it helpful to talk to someone outside of their circle of friends and family. You may find it beneficial to have a safe and confidential space in which you can talk about your difficulties. Hopefully, therapy can offer a way to gain a different perspective and find a way forward by having a greater awareness and understanding of yourself.
I regularly undertake courses and workshops as a commitment to my continued professional development. In my work I draw on a range of approaches, which is often referred to as integrative psychological therapy.
My approach to therapy is always collaborative and therefore I tend to draw on a range of therapies to best suit each individuals needs. During my training and subsequence experience working in the NHS and private practice, I have gained a thorough knowledge and understanding of Attachment/ Psychodynamic informed therapy, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Compassion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol) and Health Professions Council (HPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist.
I completed my Psychology degree in 2001 at Sussex University and after working in the mental health sector for over a decade I went on to complete my Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London.
I have been working as a Psychologist since 2005 and have worked across a number of NHS settings. This includes providing a psychology service in GP practices and Primary Care settings, working alongside clinical psychologists in a Community Mental Health Team and a Psychological Therapies service. Throughout my training I also gained experience of working in the voluntary sector.
In addition to my private therapy practice, I also work in a Community Mental Health Team in the NHS.
I have a specialist interest and experience in working with trauma, self harm, life crises and problems with anxiety. I also have specialist experience of working with women during pregnancy and the post natal period.
My doctoral training in Counselling Psychology has equipped me with the skills, knowledge and experience to offer Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy and Integrative- Humanistic Therapy. I have also completed further training in mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and CBT for trauma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
£50 per 50 minute session
£50 for clinical supervision
During our initial meeting you will have the opportunity to address any questions you may have and to see how you feel working with me. I will discuss confidentiality with you and tell you more about what therapy may involve. You and I will then be able to decide if counselling psychology is right for you, which can sometimes take 1 or several more sessions. If it is helpful we can arrange a telephone appointment or a brief 20 minute appointment free of charge to find out if you would like to book a session with me.
Research has shown that the therapeutic relationship is crucial in determining how helpful therapy can be. Central to my approach is a focus on the therapeutic relationship, which is collaborative and involves working together on an agreed focus for therapy. It is important that you feel that you can trust the therapist you decide to work with and sometimes this can mean seeing more than one therapist before you find the "right fit".
As a counselling psychologist I have been trained to offer a range of therapies which I can tailor to your individual needs and circumstances.Therapy may involve working on a clearly defined problem area and may be time-limited. Alternatively, it may be more helpful to work in an open-ended contract in which you can explore your issues further. Whichever approach we decide to take I believe it is helpful to regularly review the therapy to see if it is proving to be helpful for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday evenings & daytime appointments
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer supervision to Counselling Psychologists in Training and psychological therapists from other disciplines (counsellors, psychotherapists).View supervision profile