I’m an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist and counsellor working in private practice at Combe Down Branch Surgery (Odd Down), The Abbey Practice in Bath (centre) and Fulcrum House, Bristol.
I provide a professional, confidential and a comfortable place in which to discuss personal concerns and issues and provide support in times of crisis. I have a great deal of experience and expertise in helping people with depression, chronic low mood, symptoms of depression such as stress and anxiety, and stress and anxiety-related conditions.
For some years now I've been running mindfulness courses that are designed to help prevent low mood/depression and components of depression such as anxiety and stress. This work has helped me develop a particular expertise in the area of depression and depression-related conditions such as stress and anxiety.
PLEASE NOTE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS I WILL BE OFFERING ONLY VIDEO AND TELEPHONE COUNSELLING.
About how I work
We can get a great deal of relief from distress and unhappiness by talking through problems with an understanding, experienced, supportive and non-judgemental therapist.
Sometimes there are underlying issues affecting how we see, think, feel and experience ourselves. More complicated or entrenched issues may require deeper work to explore how experiences and patterns established in the past are affecting us in the present.
I use an integrative approach and work with clients both long and short-term. CBT and mindfulness-based approaches form the core of my practice but my approach will vary depending upon your needs, wishes and preferences. I’ve found this flexible, balanced and holistic approach to be helpful in alleviating and preventing distress, stress, unhappiness, anxiety, depressed states and related conditions.
The Abbey Practice (the 3rd of my practices) is in the centre of Bath. The Combe Down Branch surgery practice, Bath is within easy reach of central Bath, Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Keynsham, Bradford on Avon and Frome. There are good public transport links and free parking serving both the Bath and Bristol counselling practices.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Mindfulness Teacher & Supervisor
UKCP Registered, Member of NRHP
My first training in Psychotherapy took place at the Volks Universiteit Amsterdam in 1996. I later studied at The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in England and earned an Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy.
My mindfulness meditation practice began in 1999. I further developed this to be used in my therapy practice and for teaching mindfulness in groups. I completed the mindfulness-based cognitive therapy course at the University of Wales Bangor and later studied and trained to gain a certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teaching.
I'm part of Exeter University's associate staff network providing supervision, advice on service development and training.
I've run mindfulness MBCT courses for Exeter, Bath and Loughborough Universities.
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
I provide one to one teaching and advice sessions on the application of mindfulness meditation techniques to help with most difficulties including anxiety and anxiety related problems, chronic unhappiness and depression.
Concessions offered for
Consultations and therapy sessions cost £45. Some concessionary places are available for those on low incomes.
Counselling sessions Thursday afternoons in evenings in Bath (Odd Down) Wednesday evenings Bath (centre) Friday all day/early evening in Bristol
Provision of Supervision and Counselling for students
I provide counselling/psychotherapy and supervision for students on recognised counselling and psychotherapy courses at a reduced rate.
I'm currently on the list of approved supervisors of Exeter University's Mindfulness MBCT diploma course and provide private supervision to counsellor/psychotherapists of various different modalities.
I also teach an 8-week Mindfulness Meditation Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course in Bath and Bristol for the prevention of low mood, depression, anxiety and stress, and for enhancing the quality of life. This is an experiential course that everyone can benefit from. MBCT teaches participants simple and effective practical skills, guided meditation and mindfulness movement exercises. Please have a look at my website: Mindfulness Courses Bath and Bristol
The basis of this 8-week course has been running for over 30 years in American hospitals for the treatment and prevention of stress, pain and anxiety. It has proven itself to be highly effective. A few years ago the course was further developed in the UK to prevent relapse into depression. Impressive results from studies have gained the course the approval of NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).
The course involves meditation practices and exercises which bring about greater awareness of our unhelpful automatic negative ways of thinking and reacting to life problems. Through enhanced awareness we begin to see the signs of potential crisis, upset and unhappiness much sooner than we normally would. Mindfulness meditation enables us to respond in a calmer, clear-headed way that often leads to less of the above problems.
The majority of people completing the course report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:
An increased ability to relax and experience calm can:
- Greater energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for life
- Heightened self-confidence and more acceptance for life as it is
- An increase ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
The aim of this course is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, emotions, moods or social interactions.