I am a psychodynamic counsellor with 30 years experience. I began my training with Relate (Marriage Guidance at the time) and have subsequently gained a masters degree in psychodynamic counselling at Reading University. I am an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with BACP, and am also an accredited supervisor. I am registered as a psychotherapeutic counsellor with UKCP.
I began my counselling career working mostly with couples, though even with Relate there is much individual work done. These days I work both with individuals and couples, in both cases looking at relationship issues. I firmly believe that the most effective work is done with an open-ended contract, as each individual is unique and works at their own pace. However, we do not live in an ideal world so, when the choice is a limited number of sessions or nothing, then I do believe some useful insight can be achieved with shorter term work. Clients are free to leave at any time, but it is important to bear in mind that when things feel bad it is often the best time to try to continue with the work. Facing the reasons for negative feelings is of great importance in effecting change.
I work from home where I have an upstairs consulting room which is generally quiet, even though I live near the town centre. My room is at the back of the house. It is a carpeted room which I keep comfortably warm. I am within walking distance of the town centre and train station. I am on a bus route, and there is unregulated parking in the immediate area and two hour parking nearby.
I generally work on at least a once a week session which as far as possible is at the same time and on the same day each week.
I believe deeply in the psychodynamic approach to counselling, which means that I would work with you to understand how experiences from childhood to the present have affected your life. It is often these experiences that can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression, which will impact your self confidence, self esteem and relationships both personal and at work. By confronting these issues together and working through the associated feelings, we can begin to bring about long lasting improvements to the quality of your life and relationships.
Training, qualifications & experience
Senior Accredited by BACP
BACP Accredited Supervisor
United Kingdom Registered Counsellor
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session for individuals
£65 per session for couples