Down to earth, experienced, well established, qualified, compassionate, professional, UKCP registered counsellor and psychotherapist, offering a local service to suit your specific needs providing short and long term work.
I have over 25 years experience of working with people facing serious difficulties and life's challenges. I have had a private therapy practice initially in London since 1998 and in Oxford since 2000 with referrals from GPs, Occupational Health, employee assistance providers and boarding recovery, as well as private referrals based mainly now on reputation and experience.
I have had a particular focus on helping successful individuals deal with their difficulties and distress including academics, doctors, lawyers, local businessmen and women, management consultants and local students as well as people working in the media including artists, film directors and actors. I have helped over 600 local people from all walks of life to personally develop, overcome their problems and lead more satisfying and rewarding lives.
I work with a wide range of problems, typical among these are anxiety, relationship problems, depression, life crisis, addictions and low self-esteem.
"Your unique listening abilities have really helped me understand my current situation and struggle with the difficult sides of myself that I really could not stand." (Mangement Consultant after 6 sessions of counselling).
"My addiction was wrecking my life. Our weekly conversations have been life changing. My understanding of why I was using alcohol and drugs to blot out the pain in my life and your help in addressing this has been unimaginable and very positive not just for me but for my young family." (Lawyer after one year of counselling).
I have practice rooms in East Oxford (within easy access of the ring road and A34 ) for Oxford, and in Jericho, close to Oxford Town Centre.
Some of the benefits of talking to me include-
Improving your personal and professional relationships
Finding release from emotional and painful symptoms
Having more control and choice in your life
Changing old ways of coping that haven’t worked
Gaining deeper understanding of behaviours and feelings
Ending self-destructive patterns of behaviour
Resolving symptoms of trauma
Feeling more pleasure and vitality
My approach includes sensitive listening, open exploration, interactive engagement, respectful challenge and mutual participation in the process. I follow an integrative approach gathering what is best in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and integrating them to work in the best way for you. I am familiar with CBT techniques and short term approaches and stress and anxiety management. I also work where appropriate in the "here and now" humanistic traditions as well as the with the relational and analytic approaches looking at the patterns we get stuck in and how these relate to our past experiences. I offer both short term work and long term psychotherapy over several years.
Training, qualifications & experience
Minster Centre Advanced Dip in Integrative Psychotherapy, 2001
UKCP registered (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Reg No 06158435, 2006
I am an associate member of a number of local and national organisations including Oxford Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, Oxfordshire Counselling and Psychotherapy Assessment and Referral Service, Oxford Psychotherapy Society, Minster Centre Graduate Body, the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy Graduate Body and I am registered (see above) with the main psychotherapy accrediting body United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I am an Associate Counsellor with the Oxford School of Drama.
My work is fully insured and supervised.
"I had tried therapy a number of times before but each time only got so far and then decided it was enough. With your persistence and lets face it challenge of me I finally got through to the other side of how I normally avoid difficulty in relationships and in therapy. The world I am beholding now is a lot more varied and richer. I have begun the first serious relationship in my life. It is fantastic. Thanks." (Doctor after two years of weekly counselling).
"I just wanted to drop you a line to say how well I am doing at the moment. Thanks for all your help over the last hew years." (Oxford MA Graduate- having had three lots of short tem therapy over three years).
"Despite being very successful in the “real world” having a place to really talk about what was going wrong with my personal life allowed me to begin to address longstanding issues in all my significant relationships. I look back and see the person I was before I began this inspiring and often painful journey to find myself. I can see how much I have changed. You have walked alongside me throughout. My great thanks." (Local company director after 4 years of weekly psychotherapy).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £95 for an initial assessment and then fees are agreed on a sliding scale between:
£85 and £100 Oxford rate (and £90-£110 London and International Skype rate) per hourly session for weekly psychotherapy. Those on high incomes (hourly rates > £100) are invited to pay an extra amount which will go into my bursary fund.
To make an appointment:
Please do contact me to set up a non-commital intial meeting on 07876 441596 or email me using the link above.
At an initial assessment we would discuss the specific problems, difficulties which you are facing, the range of options open to you and different forms of treatment and therapy. Both short term or ongoing in-depth therapy would be considered depending on your needs. Normally I would suggest an initial 6 sessions which would be reviewed.
I also provide a confidential assessment and referral service. After an initial assessment I would refer you to an appropriate, local, trusted professional.