I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor of counsellors and trainee counsellors. I have thirteen years of experience working as a therapist with patients and clients in the NHS, charitable and private settings and I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I offer both long and short-term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Some people are in crisis or feeling 'on the edge' of breakdown while others are struggling with an on-going 'stuck-ness' and the repetition of unhealthy patterns either in the way they relate to themselves or others. These situations can create fear, anxiety, depression, anger, shame and embarrassment and can create misery and a sense of 'waste' as life passes by.
I describe myself as a developmental, relational and emotionally focused therapist where patterns of relating to oneself, other people and the world in general are explored with a particular focus on feelings. A central principle of my work is to help create a confidential, honest and open relationship between us. This relationship often mirrors relationships in life and can be used as a safe and creative place to make changes and choices, practice new skills and make sense of your own 'story'. New skills and knowledge can then be transferred into the world outside the therapy room.
In the course of our work we may explore patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour from childhood to the present with the aim of making positive changes. Crisis work often leads onto exploring personal development issues, difficult decisions and dilemmas or issues with work, working relationships and/or work/life balance. I have a particular interest and skills in supporting people who have had traumatic experiences in their adult and /or childhood relationships. These experiences can leave a deep wound in the personality and building a trusting, safe relationship with a therapist can help to process and heal the injuries.
People often seek therapy because unhealthy patterns are repeating and their potential for happiness, success, satisfaction or contentment is not being fulfilled and they feel lost, 'stuck' or perhaps desperate. My aim is to help you fulfil your potential in these areas of your life and get 'on the move' again and past whatever is making you feel 'stuck' in life. In my experience a 'breakdown' of familiar 'coping' mechanisms can be an opportunity for a 'breakthrough' and the development of new and more productive ways of enjoying life and relationships.
My background is in nursing, health visiting, teaching and training which has given me a broad and diverse experience of working with all types of people. The type of problems that I deal with in the course of my work include experiences from childhood or adolescence, including childhood abuse or neglect, traumatic experiences of loss, separation or change, witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse or arguments, problems with parenting, attachment and bonding, infertility issues, low self-esteem, self-loathing and body shame, relationship problems or transitions, bereavement and disability. I also have experience of helping people with work related stress, anxiety, depression, bullying and harassment and disciplinary issues at work.
I am a qualified online counsellor and work asynchronously via exchange of password protected therapeutic e-mail exchanges.
I work respectfully and responsibly within the BACP and UKCP codes of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work as an accredited primary care counsellor with Trent Psychological Services providing brief psychotherapeutic counselling to adult clients in primary care across the Trent region. I also have substantial experience of working as a specialist counsellor with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust supporting staff across three different health trusts and in diverse work areas. I have skills which I can share in mindfulness, stress management and building resilience at work. I have managed an online e-counselling service in the NHS which increases access for staff who work shifts, have caring responsibilities or are experiencing other barriers to attending face to face sessions and I have recently been trained as a coach for recovery which offers life coaching skills for people recovering from either physical or mental/emotional health issues and this approach can be very helpful for focussing on the 'here and now' and promoting action and 'moving forward' particularly when traumatic experiences have created 'stuck-ness'.
Alongside this I work independently as an integrative psychotherapist and psychotherapeutic counsellor offering short term (6-30 sessions) and longer term (1-5 years) therapy. I also work in an on-going way with some clients who want to continue therapy for on-going personal development and emotional wellbeing. A mutual assessment will determine the type of therapeutic work undertaken and I am open to most presenting issues. The most important factor in determining the success of therapy is the 'fit' between therapist and client and I encourage meeting therapist's to find a good 'fit'. Some of the opportunities of this type of work are the freedom to work outside the limitations of the health/medical profession and a prescribed number of sessions. It gives both therapist and client an opportunity to invest in personal development and healing with fewer constraints and more choices.
I have had various experience in different counselling and psychotherapy settings throughout my trainings and after qualifying. I have worked in a primary health care setting in the NHS and as an associate counsellor with Sheffield Women's Counselling and Therapy Service and Cornestone Counselling and Therapy Centre, Care First Employee Assistance Programme and Academy Schools staff support. I have also worked with Freed Beeches a specialist eating disorder service funded by the NHS and providing services in the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire areas.
My formal qualifications include:
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy and UKCP Registration
BA (Hons)in Community Health Care Nursing
DPSN Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing
HE Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Certificate in Online Counselling
Certificate in Coaching For Recovery
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
I am a registered nurse (RGN) and a registered health visitor(RHV)
I undertake 4.5 Hours of monthly clinical supervision of my work to ensure that I provide an effective, safe and ethical service.
I have fourteen years of experience working as a trainee and qualified counsellor and then psychotherapist since 2013. I also work using E-Mail online as required.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Attatchment and Bonding Issues
Step Family Issues
Divorce and Seperation
Isolation and Loneliness
Workplace bullying harassment and disciplinary issues
My fee is £50.00 per 50 minute session for individual psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling. I offer concessions to students and two on-going low-cost places in my caseload for people on a low income or who are unemployed.
My fee for supervision is £50.00 per hour and I currently have availability for trainee or qualified counsellors interested in an integrative supervision which is relational, developmental and has a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic influence.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) the UKRCP (United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
8am - 8pm Monday and Thursday with a possibility of earlier or later appointments if necessary. Please contact me if you prefer other days/times as I generally have some flexibility.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified integrative supervisor clinical teacher and trainer.