I am a psychotherapist and music therapist offering one to one weekly sessions. I work with individuals throughout the age span from children, young people, adults through to older adults.
We can all experience times in our lives when things become very difficult, or needing of attention and understanding, causing us pain and unhappiness. This could be due to things that happened a long time ago, more recently, or current unexpected life events.
Talking about things in a confidential setting, and finding expression, without judgements or expectations that you should be any particular way, can help to relieve difficult, confusing and painful feelings. The awareness gained can help you to make creative choices and move on with your life.
I am a fully qualified attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and music therapist. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I work within an attachment based framework and an awareness of an ecopsychological viewpoint that recognises our relationship in and with nature. This puts all relationships in a central position in human experience and development. We all need attachment figures throughout the lifespan, and this is considered both in the light of current needs, and past experiences that may have involved trauma, rupture, loss and neglect. The exploration of both your past and present experience is a joint venture between therapist and client. I respect your unique experience and the ways that you have managed it, and treat all information with confidentiality. As the story builds, we may use dialogue and talking, sometimes writing too, and if it feels appropriate to you, music improvisation which can be a powerful medium for expression and experiencing oneself in a different way.
Using the creative arts in therapy can be a catalyst for change. Music therapy is not about being a musician or being able to play an instrument – it is the use of sounds and music, (song writing, improvisation, perhaps listening to a favourite song) within the developing therapeutic relationship. Music engages the whole brain and is multi-sensory – as such it can a powerful tool to help repair damage caused by developmental trauma.
You may choose to go with psychotherapy, without the music element and that is fine. Each individual has different needs and different ways of working, and all are equally valid.
I have been working as a psychotherapist in Bristol for the past 30 years, in a wide variety of settings. These include natural health centres, occupational health, a Bristol- based charity, and independent practice. I more recently qualified as a music therapist, as I am always deeply interested in developing therapeutic interventions that are effective. I have an enhanced DBS certificate and HCPC registration. In this context I have worked with children at a trauma centre and adults with severe and long term mental health issues in group work, as well as with individual clients in private practice.
The therapeutic relationship that the client and therapist engage in can provide a secure base from which difficulty of all sorts can be explored and understood.
I work just off Stokes Croft, near the centre of Bristol, easily accessed by bus. There is parking within a couple of minutes’ walk. (Tickets available from machine). You are welcome to bring your bike into the hallway.
I work with individuals in both short and longer term therapy and counselling; also with counsellors and therapists in training.
I offer supervision and am registered with the UKCP as a supervisor.
Please feel free to contact me by phone (0117 954 1843) or email if you would like to find out more, or to arrange an initial session. I will respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Bowlby Centre in London, (Post Graduate Psychotherapy Qualification, 1989 - 1993) and the University of the West of England in Bristol (M.A. Music Therapy, 2015 - 2018). I have participated in many continuing professional development training courses over the years, and am currently engaged in ecopsychology training and development.
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The Bowlby Centre (London)
British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Other areas of counselling I deal with
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£52.00 per session
£52 per session. I try to be as flexible as possible in accommodating your needs and making counselling and therapy accessible and available.
Sessions are 50 minutes long, usually once a week; sometimes clients may wish to increase frequency to twice a week for periods of time.