A fully accredited therapist, I offer counselling to individuals and couples from my consulting rooms - in Histon or central Cambridge. I also work as a family consultant and mediator helping clients negotiate their way through divorce or separation.
My work with clients has focused on many different issues including low self esteem, relationship breakdown, divorce, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, workplace problems, procrastination, family concerns and bereavement. I have a particular interest in helping my clients improve their relationships through exploring the ways in which they communicate – be that in the couple relationship, within the family, with friends or in the workplace.
My approach to counselling is very simple – I believe wholeheartedly in the relationship between client and therapist - that a relationship based on trust and non judgement provides the right condition for change. I see my role as facilitative, walking along side as you find your own answers in a warm, supportive but sometimes challenging environment. I provide a safe, confidential space in which you can explore present or past difficulties, express your thoughts and feelings and think about the way forward.
My main theoretical approach is psychodynamic, based on the belief that current distress often has its origins in early relationships and experiences. The exploration of the dynamics in the relationship between us helps me understand more about your previous and current relationships, how you react and how you might be experienced in the outside world. Once self awareness develops and deepens, we can begin to think about how you can make changes in your life or relationships. When appropriate, I also draw on some solution focus and cognitive models (in which I have additional training) using techniques that can be very helpful with some clients, particularly when the work is short-term.
Each individual has their own unique needs and issues. This might mean working together for a few weeks or a few years or more usually, something in between. My aim is to help identify how best counselling might help you which we explore in the initial session. This is also an opportunity to see how it feels to work together before taking the decision to continue with counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with the University of Cambridge and hold an Advanced Diploma and Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I am a fully accredited member of BACP. Having worked in private practice for 15 years, I have also worked for the NHS in secondary care, have 6 years experience in a university counselling service setting working with students and staff and 5 years experience as a secondary school counsellor. I work with adult clients of all different ages and from different backgrounds.
As a Family Consultant, I also work with couples (either together or individually) who are going through separation or divorce. This is a brief coaching intervention which offers not only psychological and emotional support but also practical strategies with the focus on achieving the best possible outcome for the whole family, most importantly, any children. I am a Resolution-recognised Family Consultant and an accredited Family Mediator.
I hold a Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and Organisation Development and work with senior and middle managers in a business environment, helping them with both their personal and professional development. This can include working to improve performance, manage transitions, develop communication skills, identify and develop leadership styles or tackle a particular work problem.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £70.00 to £90.00
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Fees for ongoing individual counselling, including the initial consultation are £70 for a 50 minute session. Couples counselling sessions cost £90 and last an hour.
Family consultancy and mediation fees vary depending on what is required - please contact me for further details.
In addition to working face to face, I also offer online counselling sessions via FaceTime or Zoom. You will need a webcam or smartphone.
I am based in Histon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and in central Cambridge on Tuesdays.