The current situation.
We are all living through unprecedented times due to Covid19. This has involved making unimagined changes to the way we live and work. Many people will be dealing with issues that have arisen directly from these changes, and also past feelings and experiences that may have been re-evoked by current happenings. Some of these may include financial difficulties, isolation and loneliness, relationship issues highlighted by the lockdown, fears of illness, death, and loss of security on many levels. Some people may be feeling unfocussed, unsure about the future, and worried by the lack of certainty about what is to come. Others may find that this period has prompted reflection on what is important in life, and they may want to make significant changes in how they live. Some, very sadly, will be dealing with the loss of loved ones, and with serious illness.
I am currently doing sessions using Zoom, whatsapp video, and telephone. Due to the situation, there are no face to face sessions at this time. Online sessions are different from face to face sessions, but can be very effective. We are all finding a way through this together. It can be challenging to find a private space at home from which to work - however often solutions can be found. I aim to be as flexible as possible in finding ways to work with you, both in terms of appointment times (which may need to be variable due to work, children, and other commitments) and fees. I work from my consulting room. Please feel free to call me on 0117 954 1843 to discuss, or email me to find out more.
General information about how I work.
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. This puts 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 narrative 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 28 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. Difficulty may include, for instance:
- loss and bereavement
- obsessive difficulties
- eating problems
- relationship issues
- chaotic or disturbing feelings and experiences
- work stress
- feeling that your life is out of control
- feeling lost, directionless.
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 also 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) and the University of the West of England in Bristol (M.A. Music Therapy)
I am particularly experienced in working with the legacy of abuse and trauma, bereavement, relationship issues, loss, depression and anxiety.
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The Bowlby Centre (London)
British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 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.