I am a fully trained and accredited psychotherapist (UKCP) and counsellor . I have worked for over eighteen years in private practice and for twelve years with the NHS. I work with individuals, young people and couples and offer clinical supervision for trainees and experienced practitioners.
The initial assessment for counselling and psychotherapy
In the first session it is usual to discuss your concerns and relevant history. The session is an opportunity for you to tell me what has brought you to therapy at this time and what your hopes and expectations are.
At the end of the session I will share my initial understanding of your problem and explain my therapeutic approach. This is also an opportunity for you to raise any concerns or questions you may have..
There is a fee for the initial consultation but no obligations as we need to mutually agree that what I offer is appropriate for you. If we do agree to work together, a regular appointment time can then be arranged.
The main focus in couple counselling is helping both partners to communicate constructively and to begin to develop a deeper understanding of each other. I will help you both to explore the problems you have within the relationship and look at more constructive ways of dealing with the difficulties and conflicts. In this safe and supportive environment it often becomes easier for you both to express to each other what has previously been hard to say.
The outcome can often be a more conscious relationship where both partners are more aware of the dynamics between them and have learnt more effective communication skills.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in counselling
- MSc in Gestalt psychotherapy
- Certificate in supervision
- Diploma in clinical hypnosis
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday to Thursday 8am-8pm