'You cannot see yourself on your own’
We may all benefit from a fresh perspective and extra support to help us through challenging times. Things may seem hopeless; the past, present and the future bleak. Beset by fears and doubts, the past may haunt us and we cannot see a way out. We may find it hard to gauge our place in the world and in our relationships. In therapy, we can gain a richer understanding of ourselves and others.
As an experienced, integrative psychotherapist, I tailor sessions carefully to each client's needs.The past often holds the key to a person’s present where an understanding of repeated patterns may initiate change. However, the relational is where shifts can take take place; the therapeutic relationship being the most important cog in the therapy wheel whatever type of therapy offered.
I believe that people's earliest attachments can be important indicators in how they form relationships. Distress, anger, hurt and betrayal can be endlessly and vividly re-lived but may be safely worked on, resolved and defused in therapy. By establishing a relationship of trust, which may have felt lost and all but destroyed, we can work on your issues together.
In a calm and clear space,you can be assured of time for you and time for your issues. By being truly listened to and seen, you may be empowered to make your own choices, or to see there are alternative ways of viewing problems.
I am also trained as a sensorimotor psychotherapist, working with complex trauma and dissociation. Such therapy seeks to repair the rifts between body, mind and feelings in a safe and carefully paced way.
Finally, the path each therapy takes is unique, the destination unknown but it will enable you to experience life differently.
My counselling career began when I set up the counselling service in a secondary school where I also taught English to A level. About 14 years ago I switched career, studying part-time for an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Roehampton University. I have training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Complex Trauma and DID, which aims to integrate mind, feelings and body sensation; helping to regulate affect and manage triggers.The energy, dedication and commitment that is demanded of me as a psychotherapist is as nothing compared to the satisfaction of witnessing the positive outcomes that can occur in clients over time. I have an intense interest in people of all ages; cementing positive therapeutic relationships and fostering a sense of trust and well-being. I believe humour can also be used sympathetically and therapeutically.
I have counselled part-time in a college of further education which has offered an interesting and diverse client base, as well as in a retirement village where I set up a counselling service. Currently,I work at Holistic Health in Woking where I have a thriving practice, consisting of clients of all ages, with a variety of presenting issues from dissociation to gender disorder; self- harm, loss and transitions in life, as well as depression, anger management and anxiety.
As an experienced and committed psychotherapist, I offer an ethical framework for counselling. Sessions of 50 minutes are provided in a calm and safe environment. I offer both short-term and open-ended psychotherapy but have mainly long-term clients.
The present pandemic has inevitably led and will continue to lead to a different style of therapy-online, phone and by video-link. I am happy to offer short taster zoom sessions for those who are anxious about the way this works.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications and Experience
MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Roehampton University 2007-2010
Research year – dissertation ( therapists’ experience of counselling elderly clients in their own homes) completed March 2010 -passed June 2010
(Certificate and Diploma years completed 2008 and 2009)
RSA in Counselling Skills – Brooklands College 2000
MBACP – Accredited
Training in phototherapy -training at Roehampton and the university of Turku, Finland.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training- level 1 2012
Attachment Patterns and Disorders - Training - 2011
Advanced TraumaTraining in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Complex Trauma and Dissociation -2012- 2013
Training in Working with Attachment and Adoption- 2015
Training in working with Trans-identified and Trans-historied clients- 2015
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Advanced Practitioner Programme-2010-2011- Roehampton University
BA (Hons) in English Literature- University of East Anglia 1977-1980
PGCE with distinction- 1981
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with self-harm, sexuality and gender issues as well as dissociation.
I also offer a sensorimotor psychotherapeutic approach for trauma incorporating mindfulness.
Fees start from £55.00 per zoom session with student and senior citizen concession
Phone call- £30.00 per half an hour.
Mondays and Tuesdays
Email, phone or video link (zoom)
I practise remotely by zoom or phone calls.
Face to face counselling is always preferable but I can ono longer offer this for the foreseeable future.