I have been working privately in Twickenham offering individual counselling & psychotherapy since qualifying as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist in 1982. I qualified further in 1998 as a group analyst and ran a psychotherapy group in the Twickenham Green area for 21 years. I have also run staff groups in the NHS, reflective practitioner student groups in university settings & support groups for charitable organisations. Since 1990 I have been supervising counsellors & psychotherapists. I also work with students who are in training to become counsellors.
Before my first training I worked with adults & children with learning difficulties. I then worked in half- way houses with ex-psychiatric patients & later worked for a branch of MIND setting up & running a low-cost psychotherapy scheme.
What to expect during therapy:
I offer an initial exploratory session to establish whether we both feel we can benefically work together. Individual work can be short or open-ended depending on what we decide mutually. The work is collaborative. We will be initially focusing upon what led you to seek help. Often relationships are distorted by experiences that have occurred in the past. The therapy will provide a setting in which to understand & identify these distortions so that you can more fully engage in the present moment.
I work mainly face to face but am also able to do therapy via Zoom if need be.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation- 1982
Group Analysis training at the Institute of Group Analysis- 1998
Certificate in Supervision at the Society for Analytical Psychology- 2004
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Westminster Pastoral Foundation- 2008
Continuing professional development
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I work with relationships with oneself and with others and with unresolved issues that are impairing the quality of life.
I work in the daytime Monday to Thursday via Zoom and or telephone at this time.
Change is often something about which we have mixed feelings. We want it and we fear it. For this reason I endeavour to respond sensitively to the person I am sitting with rather than applying a formulaic approach to everyone.