Penelope Bould MBACP Regd. Couples, Adults, Psychosexual, Coaching, Families
WELCOME! You have taken an important decision by seeking research evidence based therapy with an experienced, mature, well qualified, registered, friendly, warm integrative & or CBT etc. counsellor / psychosexual (sexual issues) and general psychotherapist.
I help to empower adults, couples, adolescents, families & organisations. I've appeared on the BBC and in other media as an expert, with an unusually extensive range of qualifications and training behind me, including over 250 courses, workshops and conferences, running to a list of eighteen pages.
I am a full time professionally MBACP Registered practitioner & member of other specialist professional bodies, based on an unusually extensive range of training on many approaches and a complete A to Z of conditions and issues.
I graduated in counselling 18 years ago. I have provided thousands of hours of sessions for clients.
You have the opportunity to grow as a person, to hold your head high as you journey through life with interesting powerful practical evidence based psychotherapeutic counselling and, where appropriate, psychosexual therapy techniques, which I use to empower clients. I teach clients tailored practical coping strategies, tailored to you as a unique human and to your unique situation and which you could use in your daily life.
To name but a few, issues I have worked with have included: relationships, abuse, addiction, (to e.g. abuse imagery; alcohol; cannabis & or cocaine & or other drugs; gaming, gambling, porn, shopping; tobacco smoking: and other forms of substance use etc.) anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, relationships, cancer, cancer's psychological impact, depression, disability issues, discrimination, family issues, feeling sad, OCD, panic disorder, phobias, prescription medication issues, sexual problems, sexual issues, sexual dysfunction, painful sex, stress, trauma, and an entire A to Z of challenges, mental health and physical health conditions.
I have studied with several universities. I graduated from university in The Theory & Practice of Counselling in 2002, and have 14 years experience in higher level work from 2006 and completion at postgraduate diploma level from 2008.
I first worked in a voluntary role with families in the 1980's and as a hypnotherapist from 1997 plus I have NHS hospital experience as a counsellor.
Clients are often surprised at how practical integrative counselling with or without CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, can be, with strategies and coping skills which can be used in daily life for a wide range of issues. This includes a wonderful strongly research based approach to couple counselling (using research involving 3,000 couples) and issues such as anxiety and depression and my clients find it really interesting and offers new hope.
A former school safeguarding governor, I have routinely had my background checked out for safeguarding on a number of occasions.
Informed by specialised training, over the past 14 years my work has also included treating people with trauma, PTSD, psychosexual issues including couple sexual issues, survivors of sexual abuse and sex offenders as well as those who feel they are at risk of offending.
I have guest lectured and or run workshops at a number of universities including the:
* University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry seminar for working psychiatrists, therapists and mental health workers,
* University of Warwick( teaching students in counselling)
* University of Warwick Medical School (teaching trainee doctors) and
* Coventry University (teaching psychologists & social workers) and
* ran courses at what is now called Manchester Metropolitan University.
I often hear clients say things such as:-
"I am more relaxed and I'm sleeping well now! Therapy has really helped me!"
"I am so glad my partner found you. You are so experienced and we are benefiting already after one session."
"That exercise you taught us as a couple was really powerful and we are feeling more reconnected."
"I got back to work sooner than I imagined - counselling has saved me money in less lost earnings when I was off sick and it was great to be earning again."
"I feel so much lighter and happier after coming to therapy with you!"
"I am calmer and can do things I never thought possible!"
"We are talking now and getting along so much better. We are amazed!"
"Inspiration is what I found and I feel inspired to live well now!"
"I now understand factors that prompted my behaviour. I am so relieved to have gained this insight."
"My nephew is happier even after just one session. We are amazed!"
"I have my son back now he is no longer gripped by fear."
"I thought I'd dealt with it but I couldn't sleep and after therapy with you I am so much more relaxed and optimistic!"
"As a woman I feel empowered to handle my challenges after sessions with you."
"We found inspiration here with you. We feel inspired!" (I worked with 4 members of the family from three generations.)
"I have gained insights. I couldn't understand why I was behaving like that before. It's been a revelation! And I've changed for the better!"
"Alcohol was destroying my friendships and my health and putting my job at risk. I've stopped using it. I feel more in control of my life and healthier! Amazing! Thank you so much!"
"I feel you are not only a therapist but a mentor for me. I am so very much happier. Thank you!"
The therapy I provide can be either integrative or focussed, for example, on one main approach such as:
* CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and / or
* Person Centred Rogerian
* Or using the full range including a remarkable strongly research based approach to couples therapy
* Systemic and Family Therapy
* Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
* Psychosexual therapy
And I use:-
* Elements of Transactional Analysis (T.A.) and the
* Elements of the Psychodynamic Approach
* Lifecoaching techniques
In addition for couples I am trained and experienced in using a bolt-on approach to therapy based on wonderful research with literally thousands of couples.
A large toolbox of techniques is available to tailor to your needs, because I draw upon training and experience in a number of approaches to therapy.
I provide you with a safe confidential place to explore what ever is troubling you and or your goals or challenges, even if before therapy you are confused why you are not at ease.
* An experienced trained psychotherapist / counsellor working at higher level since 2006
* A trained medico-legal expert witness
* Also an experienced trained psychosexual therapist
* An experienced trained couples' therapist using a remarkable system based on research with literally thousands of couples
* An experienced trained family and child therapist
* A qualified lifecoach from 2006
* Experienced skills trainer - taught commercially and in a number of universities
* Clinical supervisor of other psychotherapists and counsellors and those in safeguarding roles
* A former BBC reporter, producer and presenter, I occasionally appear in the media as an expert on mental wellbeing and I'm also an expert on presentation skills, with extensive experience in both broadcasting live and pre-recorded and speech making to large conferences, medium and small audiences
* Former public relations managing director consultant and manager
* Trained actor with stage performance and event compere experience
I have been helping clients with challenges since 1997 with Eriksonian clinical hypnotherapy with Neuro Linguistic Programming and as a psychotherapist working at a higher level with issues including serious mental health conditions since 2006, and it was in 2007 when I first worked clinically in a hospital.
A former law court reporter I am a trained medico-legal expert witness accustomed to writing reports for legal cases.
One of my first questions is typically: "What would you like to achieve through therapy?" It might be that you are unhappy or unsettled and perhaps unsure about what you want or need, just to feel better, or you might have specific issues and or conditions.
Providing you with unconditional positive regard, you can speak openly knowing I will not be judgemental and that I can address any issue(s) you want to explore, address and or transform.
It can be very liberating having a real sense that I can hear anything you have to say, things which you might find impossible to share with anyone else.
Anxiety conditions including panic, couple work, depression, trauma, abuse, bullying, conflict, OCD, bereavement, psychosexual therapy including working with people on a transgender journey disability issues, addiction and working with people living with high level autism or what has been known as Asperger's, cross cultural issues are amongst many specialities I offer, using an unusually broad range of training and experience.
I am a full time practitioner experienced in working with adults, couples, children and families. I have worked as a counsellor in the NHS. I was first helping individual people with problems decades ago and families with difficulties in the 1980's.
After studying psychology at three universities, including achieving 90% in the written exam and 92% for the assignment mark for my Certificate in Health Psychology: Understanding Mental Ill-health (2004) from Coventry University, I graduated in counselling (2002) and I have been treating more serious mental health issues since 2006 and post Diploma studies and since completing 5 clinical placements in 2008. Although the vast majority of my work is psychotherapy and counselling, I first treated people using Eriksonian hypnotherapy with Neurolinguistic Programming from 1997.
Even if you are unsure what is causing you to feel unhappy there are ways of exploring your well-being to find answers and ways of treating your symptoms.
Therapy with me is not only about talking and involves an in depth assessment of your needs as a unique person.
Employing the latest evidence based techniques, empowering you to find light and insights in dark and difficult times or to meet goals and handle challenges I keep in touch with the latest research and undertake additional training every year. Including in the past couple of years the latest approaches to anxiety, worry, depression, suicidal thoughts and OCD as well as autism, personality disorders and happiness, dissociation and trauma to name but a few.
Sometimes sessions might involve, if and as and where appropriate, using creative arts if that would interest you.
I've been described by clients as a warm, caring, inspiring and resourceful person.
I'm a qualified registered integrative practitioner. Registration is regulated by the same professional standards body monitoring doctors.
I use research based inspiring techniques including exciting practical couples' therapy based on research with thousands of couples, metacognitive therapy, CBT, systemic and family therapy and the person-centred Rogerian approaches also drawn from approaches to lifecoaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Eriksonian hypnotherapy with elements of Transactional Analysis and the psychodynamic modality.
A university graduate in counselling and holding a Diploma with a Distinction in Advanced Counselling Skills (and the highest mark of the year, a Merit, in research) as well as several other qualifications and a list of training courses undertaken running to several pages including this past year, I've worked clinically in an NHS hospital as a counsellor and offer a comprehensive integrative service.
I help to empower COUPLES, FAMILIES, CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, individual ADULTS, older people & GROUPS from diverse backgrounds plus provide relaxation skills, mediation, facilitation and corporate work including stress management. Also a lifecoach, 95% of my work is in psychotherapy / counselling.
Therapy with me is an opportunity to explore your issues and gain practical tools to help you to cope with and transform your life as well as insights. I'm an integrative therapist and the list of approaches which I offer include Metacognitive Therapy, which is now included in the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines.
The winner of the European Commission Breaking Barriers Award UK Certificate, I have a reputation for being innovative yet practical and, based on many years of in depth research with couples, I use a nuts and bolts approach to couple work as well as using more traditional approaches to relationships, whether they are romantic, family, friendships or business.
Clients and especially couples tell me they are pleasantly surprised and delighted by the approach and find the techniques they can take and use at home really helpful.
Trained in hypnotherapy with Neuro-Linguistic Programming, at Selly Oak Hospital post graduate centre, in 1997. Graduated in The Theory & Practice of Counselling in 2002 from Coventry University and originally read psychology at the University of Sheffield. Completed clinical placements for Diploma in Counselling in April 2008. Entitled to use the designatory letters MBACP after my name from January 2009, I am on the national British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) Register. Being on the register requires complying with standards requirements which include having clinical supervision meetings every month and undertaking continual professional development courses and reading.
This register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care which also monitors the General Medical Council for doctors.
You might be unhappy or confused and be uncertain about why or have a clear idea of what has triggered problems yet be unsure about how to become happier, for example less anxious or down or angry or obsessive or dissociative. I can help you to explore what is underneath, what is going on and help you to find solutions.
Using exciting ways drawn from a range of research based and creative approaches to therapy, to aid your journey of positive change I have a toolbox of techniques to help you to discover the right solutions for YOU and or empowering you on your journey to find a happier way of being.
I provide a safe place to explore problems and or challenges or goals with a warm-hearted supportive professional you can trust.
By choosing to work with me you will have the benefits from my having undertaken a particularly wide range of training (listed below) including achieving a distinction in advanced counselling skills.
As well as therapy involving talking about how you are right now we might explore issues such as your attachment pattern to other key people from childhood onwards.
Good therapy is a collaborative experience where you feel accepted and respected. It can entirely involve talking. However, some of my therapy is not only entirely about talking. Where appropriate I ask clients to use treatment interventions (not medication but some clients needs meds from the GP or psychiatrist as well as therapy), symbolic objects, and where a client wants to acting something out through movement in the room, role play, writing and or drawing and or music, and or using clay to make things symbolising challenges and or solutions for those clients who like the idea of those kinds of approach.
I sometimes suggest to clients optional experimental tasks to do at home between sessions.
These activities at home or another suitable place often only take a few minutes.
So experimental tasks (or what uou might call homework) you agree to do in the time between sessions adds to your personal growth, not only what happens in the therapy room. These activities between sessions are recognised as valuable and mostly based on research.
Most of my work takes place in the therapy room and some is by via Skype or FaceTime videolink (which can be a free call via your computer) or phone.
Home visits are also sometimes available.
Whether seeking help for couples, anxiety, depression, anger management, stress, bereavement, OCD, career or a wide range of other issues, this is an opportunity for you to be as a famous artist Grayson Perry once said of counselling "the STAR IN THE ROOM!" and to be really heard in a space where you are free without experiencing other people's judgementalism, to speak out and say it out-loud, to explore your feelings, thoughts, behaviours, actions and experiences, regrets, hopes and dreams, coping strategies and ambitions.
No matter what difficulties you face the good news is that if you are distressed there is the potential for changing your response, with research showing a new brain cell can form in just 6 seconds!
Many clients living with anxiety, depression, low self esteem and or anger management and other issues benefit from developing their assertiveness skills which I have been teaching for many years.
Perhaps you feel uncertain about the cause of your distress or keep having negative thoughts whizzing around your head, perhaps interfering with your concentration, your ability to sleep or even to do your job or to study or to focus on challenges at home.
When I work with COUPLES I ensure that both of you have time to speak and address your concerns and where appropriate I use some ways of working to repair problems and to bring you closer in some ways which you might find surprising, based on some valuable established research. Some sessions are together as a couple and usually I also see each of you separately as well.
In each session we usually work both on issues of conflict and on addressing building your love and affection.
I often with work with PARENTS, CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE using various ways of building positive relationships and trust and handling difficulties whether within or from outside the family.
Especially for eating disorders I also offer to go to some clients’ homes to help you to explore patterns of behaviour at home whether you live alone or with others (with a chaperone). Based on research, I build a household or family therapy based approach where appropriate.
Appointments are available primarily in the afternoons and evenings with the latest starting at 9pm (through Skype and Facetime and phone sessions can sometimes be later especially for international clients) and I also see some clients in the morning and at weekends.
I have received referrals from various sources including the police, schools, employee assistance schemes and insurance companies.
A former law court reporter, but very mindful of your confidentiality, I have been trained by judges, barristers, solicitors and top psychiatrists to be able to write reports for the courts and also to appear in person as an expert medico-legal expert witness for cases outside in meetings and inside the courts if you need that service.
So if you have had an accident or had something traumatic happen, if you are a survivor / victim or a defendant r accused of something, it might be appropriate for me to conduct an assessment and write a report addressed to a court.
Where appropriate I can also liaise with police officers and the Crown Prosecution Service and other authorities such as child and social services.
TRAUMA & ANXIETY
From 2007 until government finding cuts recently, I was a member of a government supported on-call team for post-disaster work and, having attended about a dozen training courses to the government's National Institute of Health (NICE) Guidelines on the subject, anxiety and trauma are amongst my specialities, aiding my work with people with a range of anxiety issues whether trauma related or not. The training has included my performance being evaluated and complimented upon by a room full of psychologists and therapists so this is another reassurance for you that I am a respected professional.
Whether wanting to learn how to relax more easily, work out your life purpose, fulfil your goals, healing old or new hurts or finding direction when feeling lost or facing confusion, addressing a specific or wide variety of issues, I am here to help to EMPOWER you in a way which is right for YOU.
I accept you as you are and help to provide options in a non-judgmental way and encourage you to find inspiration and if you need it to add to your motivation too.
I also teach techniques to use daily such as for boosting self confidence, relaxation and meditation to give your brain a break from unhappy thoughts whilst working to change your outlook or negative perceptions where appropriate.
Issues around diversity are also amongst my specialities, especially gender (such as gender body dysphoria) race and ethnicity issues including prejudice, discrimination and oppression and disability matters.
UNIVERSITY GUEST LECTURER & TUTOR - E.G. TAUGHT GPs ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & PSYCHIATRISTS ABOUT EMPOWERING DISABLED PEOPLE
A former member of the University of Warwick Medical School Advisory Board for three years, I have helped run workshops at the University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire for GPs, ran a seminar I presented for the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry; and lectured at the University of Warwick (teaching psychotherapy / counselling students and trainee doctors), Coventry University (clinical psychologists and social workers) and was the only student asked to give a seminar where I trained at Warwickshire College.
I have also run courses at Manchester Metropolitan University (then Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education) in negotiation techniques, assertiveness and industrial relations skills and I run private courses for clients in negotiations, equality and diversity, stress management and media interviews and presentations.
COMMITMENT TO TRAINING
Continual professional development is so important. fro example, in 2017 I attended conferences on autism, forensic psychology and offending including sexual abuse. In 2016 and 2017 I attended conferences covering a wide range of issues on child mental health and had additional training in identifying and treating personality disorders and working with people with dissociation and trauma. In 2015 undertook additional training in depression, rumination and suicide at two universities using the latest research based interventions. In 2012 I trained in the latest research based approach to successfully working to empower people living with eating disorders and in 2013 and 2014 I enhanced my clinical supervision skills for working with supervisees - counsellors and psychotherapists.
In 2014 I also learned more about using music in therapy and added to my legal knowledge with training in expert witness work mentioned earlier and participated in a refresher course in hypnotherapy (I originally trained in Eriksonian Hypnotherapy with Neuro-Linguistic Programming in 1997).
I am also an experienced trained PSYCHOSEXUAL therapist. My training and work has include:
* The impact of internet addiction (whether involving games or other activities not just ones related to sex) on couple relationships
* A wide range of issues such as erectile dysfunction
* Painful or unexciting sex and or
* Loss of desire
* Child sexual abuse images and child contact sexual abuse - I am trained to work with both victim survivors and abusers and those accused of abusing and those fearing they might be or are straying into illegal activity
* adult inappropriate sexual behaviours and sexual offending
Some relationships become a-sexual and you might want to ignite a new flame between you or rediscover a sexual relationship through some well established techniques. (This does not involve anything physically sexual happening in the therapy room.)
It is thought that 1% of people are asexual but some people who describe themselves as asexual do enjoy kissing and some caressing but do not want to be more intimate.
My clients have come from a wide range of diverse backgrounds including disabled people, as well as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transvestite, transsexual and those questioning their sexuality and orientation (LGBTQ) clients and people from different ethnic origins, from various cultures, religions and social classes.
GARDEN & DISABILITY ACCESS
My counselling room in Warwick has a delightful centuries old garden with benches. If you have any disability access needs, please note premises I use do provide disability access but please discuss your needs with me so I can ensure the right access is available for you - we have two entrances at my main premises one with steps and one without.
I also have use of a room with a hearing loop for hearing aid users.
The Warwick premises is used for a variety of purposes and I also provide lifecoaching and training in skills such as presentation and speech making so aiding confidentiality, as people using the building will not know whether you are coming to see me for counselling / psychotherapy, lifecoaching or training or coming for a meeting.
REASSURANCE & SAFEGUARDING
Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked, especially as I was a school safeguarding governor for over three years. I have also been trained in safeguarding adults and e-safety online. I have practice privileges at a hospital.
Working with groups since the 1980's, I am trained to facilitate groups with particular expertise in several issues such as negotiations, equality and diversity, and drawing on my experience as a former full time educational journal editor, national newspaper and BBC reporter, producer, presenter, editor and documentary maker as well as managing director of my own public relations and marketing consultancy I also train people in strategic public relations and presentations.
WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES
Clients consult me on a very wide range of issues including couple and friendship relationships, anger management, anxiety, depression, abuse, confidence and trauma - a longer list of issues appears at the end of the profile although of course your issue might not be written down I have worked a very wide range of issues including what is sometimes called the "Pure O" form of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and trichotillomania (pulling hair out).
My approach is called INTEGRATIVE in that I bring together knowledge from more than one approach to counselling and psychotherapy.
I use MINDFULNESS techniques where appropriate. I have in a sense a toolbox of techniques to use as and where appropriate with clients. I am a down to earth and practical person using skills from a broad wealth of training.
Unconditional positive regard, respect, empathy and genuineness are at the core of the work I do with clients and I emphasise that YOU ARE A UNIQUE PERSON. I assist you to explore your potential and solutions to problems in a way which is right for YOU.
Updating my skills with additional training every year, although I first studied psychology in the mid 1970's as this was followed by a career in press, radio and TV journalism and public relations consultancy and management most of my psychotherapy and psychology training has been since the late 1990's. This has the advantage that my approach benefits from some of the latest thinking on what helps to empower clients as well as drawing from a wealth of decades of development in therapeutic approaches from around the world.
A former volunteer support worker helping women and children to escape from violent or cruel relationships, I have used Transactional Analysis since the 1970's but much of my training has been in the Person Centred also known as Client Centred Rogerian approach, although I have also studied Cognitive Psychology at university and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) comparing it to the Psychodynamic and Person Centred approaches, as well as Stress Management using CBT and psycho-neuroscience.
Research evaluated innovative techniques from the family therapy systemic approach are very useful for empowering for clients, for both individuals, couples and families.
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) techniques I have found have a wide range of uses. These help you to connect with visualisation and or creating associations with sounds and a sense of touch to feelings, transforming negative or unhelpful thoughts and feelings to positive ones.
Stress Management techniques can be used in combination with other approaches to help you to bring about change. I can bring you the benefits of managing stress as taught to me by one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, Professor Stephen Palmer a clinical psychologist using a CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) approach. Helping clients to set and to empower them to achieve their goals, I also provide LIFECOACHING.
You might feel lost, lacking direction in life or confused and unsure of what you want to do with your life and together we can explore issues such as life planning, discovering and feeling connected to what you want.
After working for many years as a journalist and broadcaster and interviewing people from all walks of life, I became very aware that people often had powerful emotions and issues and behaviours with which they needed help and so I returned to extend my original studies in psychology and then in psychotherapy and counselling. It is worth bearing in mind that pure psychology does not in itself show you how to help a client and that training in methods of helping people is essential.
Training Which I Offer To Clients
An experienced trainer I offer courses and sessions in:-
* Disability and diversity awareness
* Advocacy (I have been an advocate for people with mental health issues at tribunals and with employers, housing providers etc.)
* Media (press, radio, TV and audio video) interviews, scripting and editing
* Negotiations skills (trained tutor & ran courses in higher education)* Presentation skills (I am a former BBC reporter/producer/presenter and experienced national and regional newspaper reporter, journal editor and public relations practitioner, manager and managing director)
* Presentations to small medium and large conference or web audiences
* Script writing
* Speech writing, making and giving to small medium and large audiences
* Stress Management
An occasional university guest lecturer / tutor and consultant and as well as documentaries I made a commissioned educational video for trainee doctors for a university medical school.
Winner of the UK Certificate of the European Commission "Breaking Barriers" Award 2000 for breaking barriers between disabled and non-disabled people, empowering disabled people and helping those around them to handle disability issues positively is amongst my specialities. I work to the empowering SOCIAL MODEL OF DISABILITY devised by disabled civil rights campaigners.
Training, qualifications & experience
Mature, experienced UK qualified & registered international practitioner. University graduated in counselling in 2002. Worked at higher level for 14 years, including in the NHS.
Trained in and worked with Eriksonian clinical hypnotherapy and Neuro-Lingiustic Programming since 1997, following a 20 year career in broadcasting, public relations and journalism (as well as working as a student in, e.g., retail, factories, hospitality & entertainment) and first read psychology at university aged 18.
In private practice providing short, medium and long term client work. I take a variety of enquiries, self referrals and referrals from various organisations including the police, schools, insurance and rehabilitation companies. As a trained Medico-Legal Expert Witness I can provide, where appropriate, assessment and legal reports (former law court and BBC staff reporter).
* Committed to continual professional development I read extensively and I have attended dozens of conferences, courses and workshops.
PROFESSIONAL BODY MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:-
* MBACP: A Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy entitled to use the designatory letters MBACP. BACP checks core qualifications before allowing full membership of MBACP. Member of various BACP sections including Children & Young People and Work.
On the BACP Register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care which also monitors the General Medical Council register of UK doctors.
* ACAMH: Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health
* ATTUD: The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use & Dependence
* Trained Member of Therapists' Network Specialist Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending (StopSO) - we treat survivors and offenders and those at risk of offending.
This includes working with people living with addiction to pornography use.
* Trained Member of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NOTA)
* Member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP)
* Substance Misuse Management Good Practice Premium Member (SMMGP)
* NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals - International Member
* Member of the Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
QUALIFICATIONS & OR TRAINING & EXPERIENCE INCLUDES
(Also see A to Z List of Subjects & Issues later on below):
* EXPERT TESTIMONY: trained by judges, barristers, solicitors and medico-legal experts (2014) in addition to previous experience as a law court reporter (1977), legal newspaper columnist and BBC reporter and editor and national newspaper reporter.
* PSYCHOSEXUAL STUDIES: UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS (Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London)
* DIPLOMA in The Theory & Practice of COUNSELLING (with DISTINCTION in Advanced Counselling Skills and Clinical Placements Portfolio 95% to 100%) (ABC/Warwickshire College) which included clinical placements which I won for example running a small clinic in an NHS hospital and at a training centre for YOUNG people.
I also had clinical placements working with sexual abuse survivors (including being part of the team running a national helpline) and with older people and in a school working with children. Plus I had a contract with the Department for Work and Pensions Work Assist Scheme until government cuts closed the scheme nationally.
* GRADUATE Certificate in The Theory & Practice of COUNSELLING (Coventry University, 2002)
* Trained in Eriksonian HYPNOTHERAPY with Neuro Linguistic Programming (1997) & trained in Hypnotherapy for Psychotherapists & Counsellors (2014)
* Certificate in Counselling Skills, Intermediate Level (OCN)
* University Certificate in HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY: Understanding Mental Ill-health (Coventry University) (90% exam mark, 92% assignment mark) included Mental Health Act issues (2004).
* Certificate in BEREAVEMENT Care (Counselling) (2005) - 3 month course with portfolio and goldfish bowl work - therapy in a front of a room full of colleagues.
* Certificate in Working with SURVIVORS of SEXUAL ABUSE (OCN) also explored physical and emotional abuse including DISSOCIATIVE disorders (Dissociative Identity Disorder was formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) (2008 completed studies following weekly exams with excellent marks. Certificate printed 2009)
* Certificate in LIFECOACHING (with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) (2006)
* NHS / Centre for TRAUMA, RESILIENCE & GROWTH / Nottingham University / Warwickshire County Council trained in Post CRITICAL INCIDENT / post DISASTER psychological support work, with focus on group facilitation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012) - until government cuts c. 2015 member of specially trained team on standby in case of disasters working to help prevent and identify post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
* NHS hospital trained in working with hospital in and out patients and their families / relatives (had own clinic for one year clinical placement)
* Trained in STRESS MANAGEMENT by world renowned expert using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
* Worked with people needing retraining or support staying in WORK and unemployed people for a Department of Work & Pensions on a scheme, with issues such as invisible and visible disability, mental health and addiction issues. The scheme was closed nationally due to government cuts in funding.
* PSYCHOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE of COUPLE & FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
* FAMILY THERAPY & SYSTEMIC PRACTICE - part-time course run by a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) this enables me to see families and groups as if they are an ecosystem in a field, with different influences affecting other members. This approach has wonderful research based techniques which can also be used in one to one sessions, not only with other family or group members, regardless of the nature of a person's upbringing, whether in a family or as a looked after child in care fostered or adopted.
A to Z OF Additional Training Undertaken Has Included:-
12 STEP ADDICTION programme trained
ABUSE – Certificate in Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse with issues relevant to all forms of abuse. Included Dissociative Identity spectrum Disorders. Weekly exams and portfolio - excellent marks. 3 month course (OCN).
ACTING & SERIOUS & COMIC IMPROVIZATION including mask work: A trained playwright (Graeae Theatre) and trained improvisation actor (Trestle and Loft Theatres, c.1999/2000) I use THEATRE IN EDUCATION TECHNIQUES in my training when appropriate and bring a use of art, role play and movement into therapy.
ADDICTION (see DRUG, 12 STEP & PSYCHOSEXUAL) ALCOHOL (see 12 Step & DRUG Awareness). Also trained in working with addiction to legal and illegal pornography and addiction to chid abuse imagery.
Trained in alcohol and substance use disorders, caffeine use; as well as behavioural addictions including gaming (video games online or offline); gambling; and pornography use and sex addiction.
ANGER (featured in many courses & use knowledge especially gained in work at an NHS hospital.
ANXIETY (featured in many courses including Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Counselling 2005-2007, post-trauma training several annual sessions from 2007 & in addiction training). There are a range of anxiety conditions.
ASSERTIVENESS (National Union of Journalists 1980’s)
ATTACHMENT issues (featured in many courses; course run by expert, London).
AUTISM adapting CBT for working with people living with high functioning autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
AUTISM: Offending, Autism & Intellectual Difficulties / Disability (Conference)
BEREAVEMENT – Certificate in Bereavement Care (Counselling) 2005 (3 month course with portfolio – excellent marks)
CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Best Practice for Depression & Suicide (University of Derby)
CBT: For children and young people (various workshops including BABCP & Centre for Child Mental Health)
CBT: Metacognitive Therapy for Suicide & Depression & Rumination (also covered OCD & what is sometimes called Pure O) (University of Wales, Bangor)
CBT: OCD & The Self (University of Warwick / BABCP)
CBT Approach compared to the Person Centred & Psychodynamic approaches formed part of my Diploma in Counselling studies.
CHILD HARMFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR - it is not commonly recognised that children and young people sometimes abuse other children (NHS special conference on HSB Harmful Sexual Behaviour; and featured in NOTA conference workshop)
CHILD PROTECTION (various workshops & conferences)
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH (Centre for Child Mental Health, London) & Place2Be, London. Training has included use of play and the arts (e.g. draining, painting, sculpture, drama in therapy)
Children & Young People Conference (e.g. BACP 2018)
Counselling Children & Young People - Tools & Techniques (Centre for Child Mental Health, London, 2018)
CHILDREN, COUNSELLING, clinical placement in city school 2007;
and training with Oxford College 2017-2018.
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS conference / workshops with the former national Children's Commissioner (Warwickshire County Council (WCC)
CHAIRING MEETINGS (WCC)
CLINICAL SUPERVISION - Enhancing these skills including supervision of supervision and group supervision (2013-2014 London).
CODES OF CONDUCT working ethically and professionally
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (Open University 1997)
COUPLE & FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS Neuroscience of, included impact of shouting on children's brains.
COUPLE & FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IoC/Glasgow University
COUPLES THERAPY: Bridging the Couple Chasm in depth nuts and bolts psychotherapeutic approach to couples work based on many years of research including videoing many couples in an apartment to identify the masters of successful relationships and problem relationships and what works and what does not (2012-2013)
DEMENTIA (NHS 2007 & Clinical Management Conference 2013)
DEPRESSION, RUMINATION & SUICIDE CBT Metacognitive Therapy approaches for helping empower clients to change (featured in many other courses). Metacognitive Therapy is in the national National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines. Based on latest detailed research (University of Wales, Bangor & University of Derby).
DISABILITY Working with Disabled People & Their Families (NHS Hospital training & clinical placement 2007-2008).
DISABILITY AWARENESS (Was professional Disability Access Researcher; Council of Disabled People various workshops whilst on Executive Board 1998-2002) Experienced disability awareness lecturer and trainer (e.g. at universities) and auditor based on the empowering model of disability.
DISSOCIATION Trauma and Recovery (London)
DIVERSITY see EQUALITY
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE I have worked with both female and male clients who have been victims / survivors as well as perpetrators.
DRUG AWARENESS (2010 to Drug & Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS) AA1, AB2, AB5, AC1, AD1, AD4, AF1, AF2). (WDAAT, March 2010) covered issues including anxiety, raised adrenaline levels, co-dependency issues and most forms of addiction including sex
EATING Disorders latest research on new recommended approach (NHS)
EMPLOYMENT LAW (Trades Union Congress training course for tutors - I was a part-time lecturer in Industrial Relations, at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University, until a full time role over 100 miles away meant I was not available to do it; Peninsula 2011)
EQUALITY & DIVERSITY former Editor and Public Relations Officer of the National Centre for Information and Advice on Educational Disadvantage a national QUANGO (Quasi Non Governmental Organisation) set up to fight prejudice, discrimination and oppression. Experienced tutor and have attended training workshops and courses, e.g., 1998-2002 and 2009 (tutored courses since c.2000) (Council of Disabled People; Warwickshire County Council (WCC) / IDEA (2009); University of Warwick (2007); Warwickshire County Council (2012); lecture & workshop with renowned diversity expert counsellor Colin Lago (University of Warwick June 2012).
E- SAFETY for children, young people & adults (Warwickshire County Council) showing extraordinary different aspects of risks via phones & computers etc.
FACILITATOR: Experienced ORGANISATIONAL FACILITATOR - e.g., conferences in London & Brussels with government officials
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: Conference on offending including sexual offending (University of Kent, 2017) and e.g. integrating personality disorder into formulations assessing clients; Offending Conference including sexual offending (University of Birmingham). Autism Intellectual Disability & Offending conference (Manchester). Also see HARMFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR.
GCE "A" Levels: Sociology (B), English (A) and Economics (AEB Exam Board, Derby College of Further Education).
GOVERNANCE Overview and Scrutiny Skills (WCC)
HARMFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR conference regarding children and young people who abuse other children and young people (NHS, 2016)
Eriksonian HYPNOTHERAPY with Neuro Linguistic Programming (1997) & trained in Hypnotherapy for Psychotherapists & Counsellors (2014)
HEALTH & SAFETY passed all 13 exam modules including Fire Safety, Infection Control & Manual Handling (2017)
INTERNET ADDICTION (covered in PSYCHOSEXUAL Studies)
JOURNALISM (National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ); University of Sheffield student tabloid newspaper cross between Guardian and Daily Mirror News Editor; Radio Hallam; BBC; London College of Printing). Have written for most national newspapers including The Guardian, FT, Times, Sunday Times etc. and many regional titles such as The Birmingham Post, Yorkshire Post.
LAW for Editors (National Council for the Training of Journalists, NCTJ c.1991)
LAW & LAW COURT REPORTING for journalists (K. News Agency)
LEGAL: MEDICO-LEGAL EXPERT WITNESS (for courts and out of court legal reports and expert meetings) trained by judge, lawyers and medico-legal expert (2014) in addition to experience as a law court reporter (1977), legal newspaper columnist and BBC and national newspaper reporter
MANAGEMENT (Chrysalis Consultants & see PROJECT. Experienced senior manager in FTSE 250 company external relations 1993-4; former managing director own media agency started from scratch 988-1997)
M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a complex multi-system disabling disease with a biological cause, sometimes unhelpfully labelled as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which can especially in its severe forms give highly complex body multi-system impairments including to the central nervous, immune, digestive, endocrine (hormonal), cardiovascular etc. systems. I have attended several conferences and groups and been involved in research into the impact of ME on the brain and body.
MEDIA TRAINING: have run many courses in press, radio & TV interview skills as well as strategic public relations
MEDITATION (trained at Buddhist Temple Manchester 1980’s in mindfulness & meditation)
Metacognitive (a type of CBT) Therapy approach helping empower clients to change (featured in many other courses). Metacognitive Therapy is in the national National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines. (University of Wales at Bangor.)
MINDFULNESS (see Meditation above)
MUSIC: Creativity, The Brain & Music (conference) which included the use of music to aid certain neurological conditions.
NEGOTIATION Skills (Trades Union Congress at Manchester Polytechnic 1981, now Manchester Metropolitan University). Experienced trainer e.g., at Manchester Met. University (was then Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education)
NEUROSCIENCE - COUPLE & FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS & Neuroscience of (with Dr Margot Sunderland, 2010) especially how experiences can set up children for issues such as anxiety and depression and other mental health and well-being problems through dysfunctional family behaviours and relationships including the impact of shouting on children and young people
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) & PURE "O" OF OBSESSIVE THOUGHTS using approaches including CBT and Metacognitive Therapy. Addressed in course on Metacognitive Therapy (University of Wales, Bangor, 2015).
OCD CBT approach for the Self & OCD (University of Warwick, 2015)
PERSONALITY DISORDERS: addressed in various courses including Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse including Borderline, Paranoid & Dissociative Identity Disorders (2008); Recognising & Responding to Personality Disorders (e.g. NHS, 2016); & Assessing and Treating Personality Disorders.
PRESENTATION SKILLS (various including Radio Hallam 1976; London College of Printing Diploma in Radio Journalism 1977-78; BBC especially 1983 & 1987) I have broadcast on almost every BBC and most commercial radio stations, most TV stations and reported on e.g. ITN, BBC TV, Channel 4 (documentary) & Sky TV. I have appeared extensively in the media as an expert on mental health and well-being issues.
PROBLEM SOLVING with CBT approach seminar.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT highly experienced project manager in public relations as external relations manager, educational journal editor and managing director of public relations agency (and WCC training course 2010)
PSYCHOLOGY part of undergraduate studies University of Sheffield;
various other courses including:
Cognitive Psychology (Open University 1997);
Certificate in Health Psychology: Understanding Mental Ill-health (Coventry University 2004, 90% exam mark, 92% assignment mark) and
NEURO PSYCHOLOGY at NHS hospital; & with Dr Margot Sunderland 2010)
PSYCHOSEXUAL Studies: Understanding the Sexual Relationship, (Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London). (Also see SEX OFFENDING.)
PUBLIC RELATIONS (Editor & Public Relations Officer national QUANGO 2.5 years; external relations manager FTSE 250 company; journalist, consultant, trainer & managing director news, public relations & marketing consultancy and audio video training agency
Also although most of my work is as a psychotherapist / counsellor I am also currently an occasional PR Consultant. Have run courses in strategic public relations e.g for the NHS.) As a public relations consultant I have worked with people from a wide range of ethical small, medium and large commercial enterprises, multi-nationals organisations, public bodies (e.g. over 10,000 employees) and industries as well as for individuals and government departments.
Member of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).
RADIO Journalism (Radio Hallam, BBC, London College of Printing)
RELATIONSHIPS (featured in many courses including Neuroscience, Family Therapy & Systemic Practice & Psychosexual Studies and Couple & Family Relationships course) also COUPLES THERAPY: Bridging the Couple Chasm
SPEED READING (WCC 2011)
SAFEGUARDING: (WCC Schools, Children & Young People & Adults 2011& 2012)
SAFEGUARDING: spotting and taking action in response to all forms of abuse and risk (Warwickshire County Council primary school)
SAFEGUARDING Looked After Children (the new term for Children in Care) (Warwickshire County Council e.g. 2012, c.2009)
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN & VULNERABLE ADULTS (SOCA & SOVA) 2017.
Safeguarding CHILDREN: including the Prevent agenda (conference 2018).
SAFEGUARDING ADULTS (Warwickshire County Council e.g. 2012)
SEXUAL Issues – see PSYCHOSEXUAL and ABUSE TRAINING
SEXUAL OFFENDING - Assessment, Risks & Treatment and "Curbing the Urge", "Tackling Sexual Offending in the 21st Century" of those accused or convicted of sexual offending including child abuse image viewing and distribution and child contact abuse. 11 days of specialist training and conferences, including latest research (in 2015, 2016, 2017) & two days in 2018 plus at least a day in training or conferences every year in addition to other reading and being part of a group of therapists working intros specialist field.
SUPERVISION - trained in Enhancing Clinical Supervision Skills to supervise counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists, including supervision of supervision.
TRAINING - I use theatre in education techniques where appropriate. Have lectured or run workshops at University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, University of Warwick Medical School; Coventry University and Warwickshire College. I was trained at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University (1981) in how to lecture and run courses using empowering group work and other techniques following which I ran courses at Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education in assertiveness and negotiation and mediation skills at what is now part of Manchester Metropolitan University (1981--3).
TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS (T.A.) used since GCE 'A' levels & first university studies in Psychology & Sociology. 2 days of intensive training (also featured in courses whilst at Derby College of Further Education, University of Sheffield, Warwickshire College). I use TA but I am not a TA specialist.
TV Journalism (experience at BBC, Central TV & Sky TV etc. sourcing stories, researching, writing, researching locations, directing camera crews & editing scripts and video production etc.)
* Originally I read for a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and Politics with Statistics for Social Scientists at University of Sheffield and later read Cognitive Psychology with the Open University and Health Psychology at Coventry University. I passed all of my psychology sociology and statistics for social scientists papers and achieved grades of 2.1 but due to surgery before some finals did not pass a key politics paper and as I was contracted to go and work abroad I could not re-sit it.
ISSUES: this list does not include every issue and might not include your particular issue but gives you an idea of the wide range of issues I help counselling and lifecoaching clients with including:-
Abuse, Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Auditory Hallucinations, Autism, ASD, Behaviour and Boundary Problems, Bereavement, Bi-Sexuality, Bisexual, Bullying, CBT, Child Related Issues, Children, Communication Problems, Confidence, Couples Issues, Depression, Desire Loss of, Disability Empowerment, Discrimination, Dissociation Spectrum Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Divorce & Relationship Endings, Eating Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, e-safety, Family Issues, Gay Issues, Gender, Grooming for abuse, harmful Sexual Behaviour, Hate Crimes, Internet Addiction, Looked After Children, Loneliness, Loss, Loss of Desire, Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem / Respect, Parenting / Child Anxieties Around / Positive Attitudes, Performance, Personal Development, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Prejudice, Presentation Anxiety, Psychosis, PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship issues, Schizophrenia, Self Confidence / Esteem / Respect, Separation Anxiety, Sexual Abuse, Sex Addiction, Sexual issues, Sexual Offending, Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, including Parental Separation & Same Gender Parenting, Sex Offending, Sexual Problems, Stress, Suicidal Thoughts, Time Management, Transgender Issues, Trauma, Voices, Work Related Issues,
A volunteer for some years working with welfare issues from a few decades ago and at a Citizens' Advice Bureau, I was a volunteer helping run a drop-in centre and on call to help support women and children escaping from violent and cruel relationships for about 3 years. I have also helped men therapeutically recover from violent and cruel relationships or who are working on leaving such challenging situations.
Rest assured that sessions are confidential within an ethical and legal framework.
A gentle but strong pragmatic down to earth person I worked extensively in the media for over twenty years as a press, radio and TV journalist, producer, editor and presenter prior to returning to my studies in psychology at university and retraining as a psychotherapist / counsellor. An experienced journalist, I worked in live and pre-recorded broadcast journalism on the BBC staff and in independent radio and TV on contract and have written on commission / on shift for most national newspapers including The Guardian, Daily Mirror, FT, Times and Sunday Times.
I have worked in a variety of media and PR settings including setting up and managing news and public relations operations from scratch, running my own agency for a total of 10 years. An experienced reporter, editor and presenter and public relations consultant I was managing director of my own small agency employing up to 5 staff plus freelancers, before studying further psychology from 1997.
I have also art directed photography and did the picture research for a specialist encyclopaedia for Salamander Books in London.
LANGUAGES: I speak conversational French which I am improving (although it is not to professional translation standards) and some German. I have worked in the French and German speaking regions of Switzerland, as well as Denmark and reported a little from France and the USA so I feel more able to offer support to clients who work or have worked or lived abroad or who are finding their feet in the UK, coping with transitions and cultural issues I appreciate that ethnicity and cultural issues can be much more diverse and I have worked with clients from every continent and worked professionally in national organisations promoting equality and diversity.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
ADHD, Addiction, Anger Management, Angry Child, Anorexia, Arguments, ASD, Aspergers, Behaviours, Assertiveness, Attention Deficit, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Behavioural Problems, Bereavement, Binge Eating, Binge Drinking, Body Dysmorphia, Body Image, Boss problems, Cancer, Child Sex Abuse Images, Child Sexual Abuse, Children in Care, Computer Addiction, Couple Counselling, Court Cases, Creative Block, Cultural Issues, Custody Battles, D.I.D., Depersonalisation, Disability Discrimination, Disability Hate Crimes, Disability Issues, Disablism, Discrimination, Dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Dissociative Identity Spectrum Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Emotional Distress, Erectile Dysfunction, Evidence, Facilitation, Friendship Issues, Grief, Hate crimes, Homophobia, Insurance, Internet Addiction, Interview anxiety or stress, Job Worries, Lack of Desire, Legal worries, Legal problems, Looked After Children, Loss, Marriage Counselling, Media Anxiety & Skills Issues, Mediation, Meditation, Motivation, Negotiating Skills, Negotiation, OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Personality, Offending, Oppositional Defiant, Over Eating, Panic Attacks, Parental sexual Orientation Change, Painful Sex, Parental Phobias, Police Investigations Stress, Transsexual Issues, Transsexuality, Pornography, Porn, Porn Addiction, Post Traumatic Stress, Pre-Marriage Counselling, Premature Ejaculation, Prejudice, Presentations, Promotion, PTSD, Pure O, Sexual Offending, Surviving, Racism, Relationships, Relationship Counselling, Report production, Self-Esteem, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sex Addiction, Sexism, Sexual Abuse, Social Care, Speech Giving, Surviving Sexual Abuse, Speech Making, Speech Writing, Suicidal Ideas, Suicidal Ideation, Transvestite, Transexuality, Transgender, Trichotillomania, Vaginismus, Violent Children, Violent Men, Violent Women, Workplace Bullying, Workplace Competition, Workplace Issues, Workplace Relationships, Worry,
I make the most of your session time by sending you my new client form, so you can fill that in before you come to your first session, if you want to do so, in order to save taking up completing the form in a session.
Discounts are offered to students and others on a low income and of low means or with other financial difficulties, when possible.
I have a sliding scale of fees with a higher fee for couples and families; psychosexual work; or groups of friends or work or student colleagues who need help to improve their relationships.
I offer therapy, incorporating coaching on a felxible basis. I am also an experienced trainer. You do not need to make a commitment for a certain number of sessions.
You can just book one to start.
First sessions are usually paid via bank transfer, or bank deposit if you go to a bank physically, or Paypal on booking and always in advance of the session. At the time of writing I am considering introducing a card payment system so you can pay over the phone.
Sessions can be for varying lenghts of time from 50 minutes upwards, for example 60 minutes, 70 or 80 or 90 minutes or 1 hour and 40 minutes or 2 hours and some clients choose to have longer breakthrough sessions, with comfort breaks and short sessions on top of their main ones.
Longer sessions can be potentially peppered with activities, if and where appropriate.
Appointments are usually only booked after I speak with a client on the telephone unless disability access needs requires alternative arrangements.
A SHORT INTRODUCTORY APPOINTMENT can be arranged if that is what you would prefer.
Concessions offered for
Daytime, evenings & weekends. For international clients bookings for UK time midnight available. Otherwise usually latest 11pm via Skype or Facetime etc. or phone.
* HOURS - AVAILABILITY: Depending on if your session is in person, or via Skype or Faccetime, or phone, the last one hour slot for a 50 minute session starts at around 11pm but mostly in practice ending by 10pm.
I offer international clients later sessions whenever possible.
I recommend that couples have sessions of at least 80 minutes and preferably at least 90 minutes (an hour and a half) but we can meet for a shorter introductory meeting first if that is what you would prefer.
Sessions can be:
* By phone or via
* Skype, FaceTime, Microsoft Teams or other appropriate electronic means.
Sessions are at varying durations and frequencies depending on your needs and budget, such as once to three times per week or even daily, fortnightly, every three weeks or monthly or for some clients occasional sessions.
The premises are closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic so all sessions are online or via phone.
TRANSPORT: Just 2 miles on a straight road coming directly from the M40 junction 15, the Warwick High Street premises, which I have used since 2008, are a stone's throw from the small bus station and within walking / wheelchair or disability scooter rolling distance of the Warwick town train station which at the time of writing does not have a lift.
BUS: The small Warwick bus station (well lit, very open and with a few trees with no growth in the lower sections) outside Marks and Spencers / Boots is in the next street just about 4 minutes away.
TRAINS: Wheelchair and scooter users and other disabled people with mobility issues affecting the use of stairs need to use Warwick Parkway or Leamington Spa stations, both of which have a lift. Contact Chiltern Railways.
* DISABILITY ACCESS: Premises used in two or more locations are wheelchair user accessible. Premises in Warwick are hundreds of years old and at one there is a delightful old cottage garden with benches. There is a garden at the hospital in Leamington too. The Warwick premises has a slope which is suitable for many but not all manual wheelchair users and is suitable for electric wheelchair users. I also use other premises in Warwick town centre where there is a completely flat entrance and a path with no slope.
The Warwick rooms and toilets are on the ground floor and have automatic lights and one is wheelchair user accessible.
NEARBY CAFES, RESTAURANTS & HOTELS
There is a small cafe in one of the buildings I use at Warwick open for breakfasts and at lunchtimes, with last orders by 1.30pm at the time of writing. Please check with me about the opening times if you want to use the cafe in the building.
There is a delightful cafe opposite in ye olde Lord Leycester Hospital tourist attraction dating back to at least 1571 which is open until about 4pm and has different opening hours and days depending on the season, for example it might be closed on Mondays or when it is being used for filming for TV programmes and movies.
In Warwick in the High Street, Jury Street and nearby Swan Street and Old Square and the Market Place there are many cafes, restaurants and hotels and some B&B accommodation. Very close by are the delights of Warwick Castle and pleasant parks.