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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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.
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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.
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Type of session
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I work Monday to Thursday, mornings, late afternoons and early evenings.
Types of client