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Beechmount

About me

An Irish greeting, a hundred thousand welcomes!

I meet clients online and conduct sessions through Bilateral Base and Zoom.  I have limited availability and expect to wait for some weeks.  I specialise in EMDR and Somatic Experience (SE) therapy for workplace pressure, anxiety and trauma from accidents, assaults, combat injuries, miscarriages and hospital trauma.  Much of my work involves helping people recover from adverse and difficult childhood experiences using Attachment-Informed EMDR.

Contact 01603 479964 or info@beechmount.co.uk

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is the innovative therapy for trauma approved by the UKs Dept of Health and it works quickly and effectively. I am an EMDR Europe Approved Practitioner. Look up the Beechmount website by clicking the link above to see how I may be able to help you deal with stress, recover from difficult experiences in early life and manage difficult emotions, including depression.

I work with people from a wide range of backgrounds providing time-limited and longer term counselling.  With my partner, I established Beechmount to provide stress management coaching and training to businesses.  I use EMDR as a coaching tool to enhance a person's business performance and overcome blocks permanently. I am also using EMDR alongside CBT as a tool to help people manage chronic pain.

I welcome any opportunity to talk with you without any obligation. Counselling can be life-changing, and meeting the best person to help you achieve your goals matters a lot. If you are shopping around, I am always happy to help you explore your options.

 I enjoy my work as a therapist. The counselling books and research all show that the relationship that comes about between the two people in a counselling room is a major factor in the success or otherwise of counselling.  Clients have expressed how easily they connect with me and I with them, whether online or in-person.  I am interested in people and in the experiences that have affected and shaped their lives and that is probably helpful in listening work.  


My curiosity led me to EMDR and that, in turn, has allowed me to develop a much deeper understanding of the effects of trauma on a person. I get huge pleasure from seeing how someone's distress when dealing with a difficult memory changes to relief and, at times, even laughter before my eyes. My work today is greatly influenced by new ways of helping people manage the nervous system.  EMDR contributes to that and there are more and more ways being developed that help us to feel safe, soothed and seen.  Breathing correctly, body movement and even sound are all being enlisted to calm the nervous system.  Regarding sound, I provide access to the SAFE AND SOUND PROTOCOL where it is likely to benefit you.  The use of the imagination is being harnessed in positive ways to create feelings and sensations of self-nurture and self-protection.  Now people, who were deeply affected in childhood or adolescence by difficult experiences, can get their lives backs through Attachment-informed EMDR and other ways of working.  I have seen great change in the therapy world in the past 15 years or so as we are coming to recognize that when the mind, brain and body are all involved, then good outcomes happen. 


In 2016, I completed a 3 year training programme in Somatic Experience (SE) therapy.  This therapy is particularly helpful for people who have great difficulty managing their emotions and body sensations and for those whose systems feel 'frozen', perhaps from a traumatic birth, early medical trauma or later events.  This therapy, first developed by Dr. Peter Levine in the 1970's, includes what is going on in the body as well as in the mind.  "Trauma is in the nervous system, NOT in the event" - Levine.  Somatic Experiencing offers a gentle way of approaching very difficult experiences and first helps the person develop the body-based resources to contain this material without being overwhelmed by it and then helps the person to process the experience and discharge the trapped body energy. 

I offer EMDR and SE for more than trauma.  People affected by addiction, low self-confidence, a bereavement and, particularly, stress and anxiety, have all benefited by this  work.

I am a past member of the Norwich-based 25 a.m. business networking group (www.25am.co.uk). Professional bodies I belong to include BACP (Senior Accredited); EMDR Europe (Accredited Practitioner) and the International Stress Management Association, UK (Member).  I am listed on all their websites.

Alongside clients who have chosen to work with me on a private basis, I see clients from a range of local businesses and from organisations involved in the rehabilitation of road accident victims. 

Since the onset of Covid-19, I have been working online and will continue to do so.  Wherever you live, in the UK or further afield, you can access therapy from your own home.  A web-based system called Bilateral Base allows you to experience EMDR therapy through your own set of headphones and a moving dot provides the stimulus for eye movements.

I also offer stress reduction techniques.  My experience in dealing with individuals who have workplace stress has highlighted the importance of helping managers develop the kind of skills that will reduce the impact of stressors their team-members and on themselves.

I moved from Ireland to Norwich in 1996 to complete my training as a counsellor at the University of East Anglia. I chose to live in Norwich and took the role of clinical director of a counselling agency for 5 years; during this time I helped develop a counselling service for a Norfolk cancer charity. In addition I taught entry level counselling/listening skills courses with Norfolk County Council for around 8 years. I love learning. Oh yes, and you probably need to know as well that I talk, sometimes at length, to our cat, Nikko.  We took in this large 5-year-old male cat during the first lockdown.  He appears to have been traumatised in early life, so it is fitting that he found a home with 2 trauma therapists.  Slowly his nervous system is calming down.  Watch this space.

Training, qualifications & experience

I formally qualified as a therapist in 1997 and have completed over 7,500 hours of one-to-one counselling meetings with over a 1000 people during the past 25 years.
Member BACP (Senior Accredited)
EMDR (Europe) Accredited Practitioner
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
Member International Stress Management Association (GB)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling, (Person-Centred + CBT)
EMDR Official Training Course (Levels 1-3)
Somatic Experiencing practitioner training completed
Certificate in Coaching
Primary Certificate in Stress Management

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pain Management

Fees

£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My rate for individuals is currently £75.00 per hour.
If required, I contract with individuals to pay as much as they can afford as they go through therapy, with any outstanding balance being cleared by installments in the period following the end of therapy.
Please note that some EMDR sessions may run for one and a half hours, in line with Dept of Health guidelines, so the session cost may be £110.00

When I work

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We see people from Tuesday to Thursday, generally starting at 9.15 a.m. Latest evening start time is 7.15 p.m.

Norwich, Norfolk, NR1

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

All our meetings are being conducted online using Bilateral Base, Zoom or other platforms.

Additional languages

Irish

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