I am able to offer online therapy in all modalities.
Please see my website for more detailed information about my experience what I offer and how I work.
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitzation Reprocessing), DBT, (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), Lifespan Integration Therapy; Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
I have over 20 years experience of working with individuals with mental health related problems but my particular expertise is in working with trauma. I am passionate about and highly committed to the work I do.
A brief outline of each therapy I am able to offer is as follows:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a highly effective treatment for Depression and Anxiety related issues and is recommended by the NHS in their guidelines as an evidence based effective treatment for such issues. It is particularly effective for treating Depression, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, General Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Low Self Esteem, Chronic Fatigue, Bulimia Nervosa. (This is not an exhaustive list of the problems that CBT is effective for).
Eye Movement De-sensitizaton Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specialist treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, although it can also be used for some anxiety related issues and in the treatment of phobias. When a person goes through a traumatic event the event becomes frozen in time and when this event gets triggered by an event or stimulus in everyday life it can feel to the person that they are back at the time of the trauma. EMDR re processes the event so that it can be healed and integrated into a persons whole system rather than remaining split off. It is a treatment that is recommended by the NHS in their guidelines as an evidence based effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy was originally devised as a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. It is an extremely effective approach for individuals who struggle to find coping strategies or resources to manage distress, and may therefore resort to self harming, or extreme risk taking behaviour.
Stage One of DBT informed treatment focusses on helping individuals to develop coping strategies and resources for managing distress.
Stage Two addresses the underlying causes of distress.
Stage Three helps the individual to begin to re invest energy into creating a meaningful life for themselves.
Lifespan Integration Therapy is a highly effective therapy that can be used with a variety of presenting issues. It is particularly beneficial in processing traumatic events. It involves using a timeline to both process and integrate traumatic events that may be stuck and frozen in time. It is also a highly effective approach for working with early attachment ruptures and wounding where a parent may not have been emotionally available for various reasons and for working with adoption related issues.
Internal Family Systems is an approach that works with all the different parts of a person. We all have different parts of ourselves. For example we may have a part that is perfectionistic; a part that is rebellious; a part that wants to lose weight; a part that wants to binge eat. IFS works to understand the role of each part and what it might be protecting in terms of unresolved trauma. For example a perfectionistic part may be protecting against failure because perhaps failure was punsished at some point in the persons life. A binge eating part may be working to protect a person by pushing down feelings through eating that feel/felt too overwhelming. The work would then involve helping the persons system to create safety and trust for feelings to be expressed.
Humanistic Integrative Counselling is an approach that is primarily based in the theory that every person contains the means to reach their full potential, and to become their true selves. Humanistic Therapy involves the client and therapist working alongside each other to discover what may be blocking/preventing the individual from reaching their full potential.
Transpersonal Pychotherapy can be integrated as part as of other therapies or can be used as a stand alone approach to explore spiritual aspects of the psyche or for those who wish to work with exploring or enhancing their spiritual beliefs as part of their ongoing support system and resources. Or it can be integrated into life reviews and/or exploring/working with end of life for someone facing terminal illness or who is moving into older age or as an overall aspect of life.
I am accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists, and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. (Fully Qualified Practitioner of DBT).
Level 1,2, and 3 (Fully Qualified) EMDR Practitioner.
Lifespan Integration Therapy Levels 1,2 and 3.
Diploma Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
Certificate Transpersonal Perspectives in Counselling
I have twenty years of experience of working in both in patient and out patient settings with a wide variety of presenting issues.
I spent 10 years working in a Rape Crisis Centre; and have spent the last eight years working in a psychiatric hospital with both residential, and out patients.
I have also worked with the NHS as part of a project to both raise awareness of Domestic Violence, and to introduce routine screening in A & E and Maternity Departments for Domestic Violence
In addition I have had a private therapy practice for a number of years.
I was part of an advisory body to the Metropolitan Police (based at New Scotland Yard) on Rape and Sexual Assault for a number of years. This was primarily focussed on improving services, and improving the treatment of victims of these crimes.
I have particular specialized knowledge and many years experience of working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Survivors of Rape and/or Childhood Sexual Abuse. I also have extensive experience of working with Depression, Low Self Esteem, and Anxiety related issues.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Tuesday Afternoon/Evening; Wednesday; Thursday and Friday Day-Time. (Early 8am appointments available).