You may be feeling stuck or anxious in your life. Perhaps you are dealing with relationship issues, bereavement or loss, or difficulties in particular areas of your life which may seem insurmountable or confusing, or perhaps you just want to know more about yourself and what leads you to get into particular situations or relationships which may feel frustrating, unproductive or unsatisfying.
Therapy offers a confidential setting which can provide the possibility to explore these issues to gain more awareness and clarity about what might be getting in the way of you feeling more at ease with yourself. The work can open up new possibilities of understanding and different perspectives so as to gain more choices in how you live your life and different ways of being in the world.
I am an experienced psychotherapist (registered with UKCP since 1998) working with adults in private practice. My approach is underpinned by a view that our sense of ourselves is impacted on by our early formative relationships and experiences, and how this can have a subsequent effect on the way we feel about ourselves, live our lives, and enter into relationships and situations in the present. It also incorporates an acknowledgement of the significance of the wider social context and how this may contribute to and influence how we may think and feel about ourselves in the world.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a psychotherapist since qualifying with an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Integrative) in 1998.
I completed a post-qualifying course in Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice in 2005
I taught on an MA in Counselling in a University, training and supervising trainee counsellors from 2007 - 2015.
I attend training, seminar and conference events to continue my own development and reflective practice.
Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked for over 20 years in training and development in a range of settings including youth and community work, housing and social services, adult and higher education, developing staff and managers at all levels of the organisations.
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
Boarding school issues
Abandonment and attachment issues
Effects of immigration
Intercultural perspective, working with cultural diversity and issues of identity and belonging
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma - eg being child of parents or grandparents who have experienced trauma/losses eg from war and/or political repression and other experiences