I set up my private practice in York 18 years ago specialising in solution focused psychotherapy and counselling, which draws on some of the more recent developments in the field, helping clients to create new choices in the way they experience their world and bringing about lasting change.
I work with adults, adolescents, older children and couples. I help people with a range of problems both short term and those requiring longer term support. One of my specialisms is Brief Psychotherapy where I help clients identify their therapeutic goals and we work in a focused, structured way to promote change and resolution over a relatively short time period. I also work with clients who require longer term support, specialising in issues that result from problems during childhood development and experience of complex trauma. Sessions are of course confidential and held in a relaxed and safe environment. I provide an opportunity for people to explore their experiences and perceptions in a way that enables self understanding.
I have completed post-qualification training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist and support children and adolescents with a wide range of problems.
The approaches I use centre around Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt), Solution Focused therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Therapeutic Modelling. These are practical and user friendly approaches which focus on what the client wants from life and how they might wish to change. Therapeutic Modelling helps clients to discover patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour which underlie any symptoms. Once these patterns are revealed clients have the opportunity to create new choices for the future, bringing about lasting change and the capacity to face life's challenges in a more resourceful way.
There are some important aspects about the way I work which may differ from more traditional approaches. Every individual is unique and has their own map of the world and therefore I adapt my approach to suit the client. A person has all the information and resources within to be able to solve their problems and I am a facilitator in this process. Compared to traditional approaches the number of sessions required may be fewer.
I work in private practice and have worked previously with GPs providing primary care support and as an independent partner at the York Occupational Health and Well being Centre until 2011. I have been providing psychotherapy and counselling in York since 2002 and completed my supervisor training in 2009. I worked with CRUSE Bereavement Charity as a voluntary supervisor from 2008 to 2013 and worked for CYGNUS in a paid capacity as a supervisor from 2009 to 2016.
Training, qualifications & experience
Originally my training was in education and personal development which led me into the field of behavioural psychology in 2000. I have worked as a psychotherapist, trainer and facilitator since 2002. As well as facilitating individual change in a therapeutic setting, I work with a variety of training and motivational techniques to facilitate significant change in group and team dynamics.
My principal qualifications are:
- BSc (Hons), University of London
- PGCE, Lancaster University
- MA in Science Education, York University
- NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner, Dr. Susi Strang & Associates
- NLP Trainer, INLPTA
- Clinical Hypnotherapy, ABH
- Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy, Dr. Susi Strang & Associates
- Diploma in Supervision, Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
- Solution Oriented Hypnotherapy, Northern School of NLP
- Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling, Developing Company
- Post Qualifiied Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Northern Guild.
- Developmental Model Couples Work, Couples Institute.
- Healing Complex Trauma, Mary Clare de Echevarria.
2005 to 2007 I worked with the Abbey Medical group in York providing primary care for patients with clinical mental health problems. From 2008 to 2011 I was an independent partner in the York NHS Occupational Health and Well Being Centre. From 2008 to present - providing supervision services in a voluntary capacity to CRUSE Bereavement Charity. From 2010 to 2017 - employed by Cygnus as a supervisor. Provider of workplace mediation and facilitation services for City of York Council and North Yorkshire education services. Motivational Interviewing training for staff at Cheswold Park Secure Mental Hospital, Doncaster. Chair of NLPtCA, (Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association) Board of Directors, 2008 - 2010.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Irritable Bowel Disorder
My fees are £55 per hour during the day and £60 per hour after 6pm.
I offer concessionary rates for students, pensioners and unemployed.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.