Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor, Parent-Infant Psychotherapist
Psychotherapy and Counselling
I am a Senior Accredited BACP Counsellor and Supervisor with 19 years experience, working in the NHS, University and Private Practice.
There are many reasons why someone may feel that they need to seek counselling. These may be related to feelings of depression, sadness due to a bereavement or other loss, low self esteem, difficulties with relationships, parenting issues, stressful work situations or coming to terms with a significant change in life. Sometimes it isn't easy to identify the reasons for feelings of depression or anxiety. Counselling can offer a place to express difficult emotions, help to unravel problems and offer clearer understanding with new ways of thinking and being.
Psychodynamic Counselling is a way of understanding a person in the context of their whole life and helping them to overcome their difficulties. This involves exploring the conscious and the unconscious, past and present relationships and ways of coping. These can then be thought through and used to help understand a persons current distress.
An initial assessment will give the opportunity to talk about difficulties or worries in a safe, confidential environment. We will think together about whether counselling will help you and then arrange further appointments. The sessions will be weekly and will last for 50 minutes. If we decide that counselling is not the best option I will try to help with a more suitable referral.
Short-term work can be useful for specific problems where you may want to focus on one particular issue and work to solve a problem or come to terms with a significant adjustment in life.
Longer-term open ended therapy helps with issues that have persisted for some time.
I supervise qualified counsellors in Primary Care and Private Practice, and trainee counsellors undertaking University Counselling and Psychotherapy Courses. I also facilitate clinical case discussion groups.
Parent-Infant Psychotherapy can help mothers and fathers who are struggling with the transition to parenthood. Difficulties sometimes start in pregnancy with unwanted thoughts and feelings about becoming a parent.
I work with mother’s experiencing postnatal depression, anxiety or feeling that being a mum can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard to manage. These feelings may have been triggered by a difficult pregnancy, birth experience, feeding problems, baby not sleeping well or feeling that the bonding process is not how they expected it to be.
I work with mums and/or dads and babies and toddlers up to the age of 2 years. I sometimes use video to help parents make loving attachments to their babies. The focus of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy is the relationship between parent and baby/toddler.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Practice (Oxford) and have worked in a range of settings, providing counselling and supervision for individuals and groups. These include:
* Counselling in Private practice
* Counselling in G.P. practices
* Workplace counsellor for NHS hospital staff and Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service staff
* Counsellor of University staff and students
* Youth Counselling
I am a qualified Parent-Infant Psychotherapist, a full member of APPCIOS and I am an accredited Video Interactive Guidance guider.
My Masters Dissertation was entitled 'An Investigation into the Experiences of Mothers who have had Premature Babies in a Special Care Baby Unit'.
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.
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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