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I offer a space where you can explore past patterns in order to bring increased awareness and understanding to the present, opening up possibilities for change and personal growth. We often reach a point in our lives where our old ways of coping aren't working anymore, or our old patterns are getting in the way of us being our full selves. This can be experienced as a crisis point, when things come to a head, which can feel difficult and challenging but is a great time to come to therapy and explore what's happening so we can move forward with our lives.
Sessions are available in a comfortable and spacious room at Mount Batten, next to the sea, a beautiful location for slowing down, reflecting and taking time for yourself. The therapeutic relationship is different from other relationships – it has boundaries and contains the qualities of warmth, acceptance and compassion. This provides a safe space to explore vulnerabilities, holding them in a kind awareness and attention, allowing for personal growth and change.
I am friendly and easy to talk to. I have over 20 years experience as a therapist, working within the NHS and in Private Practice. My approach is warm and compassionate.
The first session is an opportunity to share your story, to reflect on what's been happening for you to seek therapy at this time and to think about what you'd like to achieve. This is also a time to meet and see if we both feel we can work together - it's really important to find someone that you feel comfortable with.
If you feel you that I might be someone you’d like to work with, contact me for an initial telephone conversation.
"The most precious thing we can offer others is our presence." - Thich Naht Hanh
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked in the NHS for twenty five years, initially as a Mental Health Nurse and latterly as a therapist.
I have worked in a variety of contexts, including mental health services, day therapy centres, GP practices, a youth agency, and a psychotherapy department. Throughout this time I have engaged with people individually and in groups, paying attention to their stories and experiences, rather than diagnosis.
Professional Qualification & Membership
Integrative Counsellor - British Assoc of Counselling & Psychotherapy(BACP) - Accredited & Registered.
Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill Institute
Gender Equality & Mental Health - Inequality Agenda
Introduction to Group Analysis - Group Analysis S/West
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - University of Plymouth
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Assessment and Formulation
- University of Plymouth
Supervision Course - RELATE
Qualified Mental Health Nurse
Scarves Around the World - Heather Morfett shares her experience of working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse in India. Therapy Today, November 2013, Vol24/issue 9 www.therapytoday.net Also on www.rahifoundation.org
Groupwork for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Childhood - Lorna Coulson and Heather Morfett describe how women overcame feelings of isolation and shame by sharing their exprences in a safe, all female space. Mental Health Practice September 2013 Vol17/no 1 www.mentalhealthpractice.co.uk
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BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
I am available for short term and long term work.
Clinical Supervision: £90 - 1 1/2 hours
When I work