I am a well qualified, experienced psychotherapist. I have many years' experience of working as a therapist, 15 of which were spent in NHS mental health services. I am qualified as a Jungian Analyst and trained to work with individual adults, and I teach and supervise trainee therapists for various training bodies.
My approach aims to develop a secure relationship within which psychological suffering can heal. Negative, self destructive and self defeating ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving can often be understood as ways of coping with emotional pain, which may have been buried in the unconscious for a long time. Psychotherapy helps the client learn to recognise, think about and accept what is going on in a non judgmental, confidential atmosphere, developing insight and understanding. This experience enables and empowers the client to learn to make different, healthier choices in the present.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place at least once weekly. All my work begins with an assessment in which the prospective client and I think about the client's difficulties and whether psychotherapy is the appropriate approach to them. If we think we can work together, we discuss and agree the terms under which the work will proceed. If not, I can help the client to find a more appropriate alternative approach.
Located near J12/13 of the M1 and the A5, I practise within easy reach of Milton Keynes, Bedford, Luton/Dunstable and Leighton/Linslade. Clients also travel from most parts of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. I also see clients who are able to travel from further afield.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A (Hons) Fine Art, M.A. Art Therapy:I qualified as an art psychotherapist in 1988 and have over 15 years' experience of working in the NHS with a wide range of acute and long term mental health problems.
Training Analyst, Society of Analytical Psychology: I qualified as a Jungian Analyst in 1998 and achieved full Professional Membership in 2004. I am qualified to analyse Trainee Analysts of the Society.
Training and Supervising Analyst for the British Jungian Analytic Association (formerly British Association of Psychotherapists (Jungian Section) I achieved this status in 2011. I am qualified to analyse trainees of the Association and to supervise their training cases.
Registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council:
This regulatory body ensures that I maintain the highest possible standards of professional practice in my work.
I have also completed a training in Systemic Family Constellations.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
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The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I review my fees annually and any changes are applied from 1 May
Fees for 2020/21
1-2 sessions weekly £65 per session
3 or more sessions weekly £60 per session
Due to Covid-19 I am currently working via Skype and Zoom only