I believe passionately that people can change; even transform their lives. It is a belief based on my own personal experience of psychotherapy and of over twenty-five years working as a psychotherapist and counsellor with a rich variety of people with many different concerns and difficulties.
It is my belief that when we feel stuck and unable to change things for ourselves, or experience repeating destructive or unhelpful patterns then we often need the help of someone not involved in our lives to help us make changes. This is the work I love.
Psychotherapy is not an easy process to undertake. It demands commitment, courage, willingness to enter into a relationship and build trust, can be painful at times as buried emotions come to the fore, but for all that can be incredibly rewarding as new understanding, experience and release from blocked or suppressed emotions liberates and opens up new possibilities.
If you are interested in what I am saying please do look at my website for more information about the way that I work or you can contact me to arrange an initial meeting so you can tell me what concerns you and ask any questions you might have. Do telephone or e-mail to arrange this or to discuss anything further.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have just completed a Diploma in Trauma Therapy (2018). I have an M.Sc in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, (1997).
I am a Certified Transactional Analyst with Clinical speciality, (Institute of Transactional Analysis,1997).
I gained my Counselling Diploma in Person-centred Counselling in 1992 from the Metanoia Institute.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and abide by their code of ethics.
I draw on many years experience and training in Transactional Analysis,
psychoanalysis, child development, attachment theory and a person centred philosophy.
However, whatever expertise I have, its ultimately a unique and individual journey
we will embark upon together. There has never been a "you and me" working together before and what we learn from that and how we manage that is an important part of the proces.
Areas of Specialism
Although I have worked successfully with many different issues over the last 20 years, for me it is the uniqueness of each person and what they bring to my consulting room that is my abiding interest. I think it is not uncommon for us to understand quite a lot about our difficulties: sometimes to have a good idea of the roots of the problems, and even what we need to do to resolve them, but still find ourselves feeling powerless to change. These stubborn patterns of emotional distress or self defeating behaviour are something I have considerable experience of working with.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
It is not always possible to be sure about what the problem is. Sometimes we just feel unhappy or dissatisfied or stuck in our lives or relationships. Sometimes we don't even have to be in any distress in order to want to have a safe and confidential space to come and explore where we want to go with our lives.
Whatever your difficulty or concern, whether it is on the list or not, do call or e-mail me and talk things over. If I feel I am not the best person to work with you I will give you the name of another person or organisation who will be able to help you.
I prefer to come to an agreement about fees with each person individually after discussion. My starting point is £60 per session and the fee we agree will take into account your ability to pay , what feels fair and also the time of day your session is.
There are, at times, some concessionary rates for those on low fixed incomes, pensions or on benefits and if such lower fees are needed then it is best to inquire about these when first contacting me.
My approach is based on the idea that it is within a safe, secure and consistent
relationship that people find the courage to change. So the relationship you and
I build together and what helps and hinders that is central to my approach and to the narrowing of that gap between who we are to others and how we feel inside.
It's impossible really to give much of an idea of how I work in such a short space, so please dont hesitate to call me or e-mail me, and if you have the time, do take a few minutes to look at my website which might answer more of your questions or concerns. It doesn't matter if you are not sure if you want or need counselling or psychotherapy, or whether I might be the person for you, I am happy to talk things through with you and wont at all be offended if you decide either it, or I are not for you. All the best with your search.