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Psychotherapist UKCP, FPC, BPC. Psychodynamic/CBT

About me

Choosing a therapist  is very personal and can feel rather daunting. If you would like to meet for an initial meeting, when we can think together about what is best for you without obligation don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Whether you are experiencing anxiety and panic or panic attacks or feeling low and miserable, a space to talk to can really help.

 Perhaps you just don't know what is wrong at present, but something isn't quite right?  Perhaps there are patterns appearing which you would like to stop but not sure how.

I have 17 years clinical experience working successfully with: 

anxiety, panic, anger management, some eating disorders, some phobias, low self-esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), stress, depression.
Relationship and family issues such as abuse, sexual problems, separation and divorce, post-natal depression, termination, miscarriage, bereavement.

I offer a non judgemental, safe and confidential space to explore an area of your personal difficulty, it gives one the opportunity to understand oneself more fully, discover different options and gain greater strength. It involves becoming aware of past patterns looking at the limitations we all experience in ourselves and perhaps taking risks to gain new strengths. For some people it may provide an experience of acceptance, for others a way of coping with life. Talking in this way can also help a person make considerable changes.   

You can consider short-term focused work, where we look at a specific problem. Some people decide they want to make deeper changes in their lives and continue in longer term work. The nature of this commitment will depend and is something we would talk about together. The sessions are for 50 minutes a week. Same time /day each week.

I offer a safe and confidential space where we can explore these thoughts and feelings together with an aim of positive change.  

If you feel you would like to talk to me to find out if therapy might be for you - send me a message to organise a time to talk. Most of my contacts are through word of mouth, but do please email or phone to see if I have a space at the same time as you…..

I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with 17 years of experience working in this field.  I am passionate about helping people and I am very experienced in working with anxiety, panic, depression etc, as mentioned above.

Training, qualifications & experience

I undertook an extensive seven years of training at WPF which is one of the highest regarded organisations in London.

* I trained at WPF London and I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist (Licensed in twice weekly work).  I hold a Certificate & Post Grad Diploma & an Advanced Post Grad Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,  and an additional two years of post grad training to work in a deeper way - in twice weekly with clients.

I hold certificates in working with eating disorders, working as a CBT therapist, sexuality problems, supervising therapists and trainees and I continue to undertake regular CPD.

I work within a strict code of professional and ethical conduct, I am a registered member of the BPC/UKCP and FPC.  All conversations are confidential and discretion guaranteed.  I work to the Ethical Framework for good practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Psychoanalytic Council

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in the feelings of Panic and Anxiety
Feeling angry, lack of self esteem/confidence
Black and white thinking ~ Obsessional thinking - Obsessional patterns
How to prevent being bullied
Relationship difficulties/betrayal
Loss/bereavement - Eating disorders.


From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My fee is on a sliding scale.   Something we can talk about.

I offer short term which is 12 sessions on a weekly basis, or weekly or twice weekly sessions for deeper understanding.

Concessions are limited but please ask to find out more….

Further information

My Dorset practice is based in Drimpton 20 minutes from Bridport and 5 miles from Crewkerne. Please email or ring to find out when sessions are available, if my availability is not convenient in person with you, there might be  an option of online.

Rickmansworth: Free and convenient parking. 7 minute walk from Met station
Confidential telephone line with voice mail facility

Drimpton, Beaminster, DT8

Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Online platforms