Hi, thanks for reading my profile.
I specialise in relationship / couples counselling, "anxiety" and "depression" counselling over a short period of time and long term psychotherapy.
I'm interested in you as a person and theories which help.
I've trained in "Transactional Analysis" which is a theory of personality and models that is useful in understanding personality, communication and relationships. They can be used to identify what goes wrong in communication and how to interact with people differently to get a better outcome, feel less anxious and depressed.
People often have things happen (to them) over and over again. This is often to do with repetitive thinking and patterns of behaviour - often out of awareness. Being aware of this pattern is the first step towards change. When working with you, i'm interested in your family tree and your early relationships to find out if some of your thinking started when you were young. In TA, this is referred to as ‘script’ and limits an individual’s potential.
In Relationship Counselling, I'm interested in how our scripts fit together - like a jigsaw puzzle - but then reinforcing unhelpful patterns and sometimes pressing each other's sore spots. I find theories of couple fit and attachment patterns useful. We learn how to be in relationship and carry with us people from our past. We can mistake our partner/friend/boss for someone else (we might not have liked). in relationship, we can sometimes unknowingly erode each other's self esteem and create that downward spiral which then seems difficult to get out of. All of these themes can be explored in counselling - understanding and changing thinking, feelings and behaviour.
I share the work I do with a supervisor. I also go to a group. I'm continually learning - training updates at Relate and conferences.
I'm a practicing Buddhist.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CBT Diploma (Centre of Excellence)
- Registered hypnotherapist
Qualification as a Relate Counsellor -couples/relationship therapy theory plus 5 years to gain required experience.
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy - 5 years training part time.
Advanced Counselling Certificate - 2 years part time.
Bereavement Counselling Certificate
HIV/AIDS Counselling Certificate
- Other courses gained whilst working as a sexual health nurse and health visitor.
- I'm a registered member of UKAHPP. I am on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). This means that members of the public can be assured that I (on its register) am appropriately assessed and maintain high standards of practice. No one can set up practice under the auspice of UKAHPP unless they have satisfied the association’s minimum registration requirements and their name is entered on the association’s Accredited Register.
I have worked in private practice for 10 years in a dedicated and homely space in a room in my house. I also work for Spring to Life - a Community Interest Company - as a counsellor and have done this for 3 years. We take referrals from the NHS under "Improving Access for Psychological Therapies (IAPT)" and "Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB)". Previously, I worked for Relate for 5 years between 2011 and 2016 and gained their Certificate as a Relate Counsellor which is an additional qualification adding to the Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy diploma and other counselling certificates.
Since then I have done some training in CBT, hypnotherapy and am currently interested in Acceptance and Comittment Therapy. This therapy uses mindfulness and awareness and is congruent with my interest in Buddhism.
I receive regular supervision with experienced and accredited supervisors.
I previously worked as a nurse for 25 years mainly in sexual health.
Registered / Accredited
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United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals £40 per session (£150 per calendar month) Couples £50 - £60 per hour (depending on income) (£190 per calendar month). Sliding scale available on proof of income. Free 1/2 hour depending on availability and where appointment falls in the month and preferred payment plan. Speak to me for clarification.
Please contact me to enquire about my availability.