- There are times in most of our lives, often in periods of significant change or key transitions, when even if we have the support of friends and family, this is not sufficient or appropriate. I provide an independent and professional context in which issues can be explored, new perspectives gained and unhelpful patterns changed. I have significant training and experience working with abuse, bereavement, depression and relationship problems in particular, but given my number of years as a therapist, there are unlikely to be any issues with which I am not familiar. Please see the list below for guidance.
I offer a free 30 minute session so that we can meet to discuss what makes you consider having counselling/psychotherapy. At this session we will also discuss fees, length of session, likely length of therapy etc. If we decide to go ahead, I will give you a written contract. My consulting rooms have disabled access.
- PLEASE NOTE I AIM TO RETIRE IN THE SUMMER OF 2022, SO ICAN NO LONGER OFFER LONGER TERM CONTRACTS AND ONLY RARELY HAVE VACANCIES FOR SHORTER TERM CLIENTS
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a well qualified and experienced therapist, with a first degree in Psychology and English and several postgraduate diplomas in different counselling/psychotherapy approaches. I have been accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy for more than 30 years. I worked as a counsellor within the NHS for approximately 30 years. I have considerable experience offering counselling and clinical supervision within Education, Employee Assistance Programmes and the Private and Voluntary Sectors. I am fully insured.
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
people with disabilties- including learning disabilities and their carers
cultural issues- I have brought up children from different cultural backgrounds and worked in multi cultural settings
health related issues and adjustment to ill health-having worked for three decades in primary care
adoption and fostering- I was a Barnardo trained adoption counsellor and have considerable personal experience of fostering
adolescent concerns - the search for identity, separation anxieties, peer pressures, eating problems, coping with transitions, sexual issues, body image and self esteem concerns
coming to terms with loss, whether this is current or in the past, including, but not limited to, bereavement
From £30.00 to £55.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I am willing to be flexible about fees where there would otherwise be genuine hardship. My full fee is £55 per session (50mins) and £55 for supervison (60mins).
daytimes and early evening but not at weekends
There are a number of different therapeutic approaches which help to reduce emotional distress and improve well being. I am trained in the following models:
*arts based therapy
*cognitive behavioural therapy
I will use whichever approach we think will suit you best and we will discuss this at our first meeting.