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Psychodynamic Psychotherapist BA(Hons) PGDip wpf MBACP

About me

I work with individuals, couples and families at a relaxed and well established clinic in Woking. I offer face to face and online sessions. 

Individuals (16+)

I offer a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive and mindfulness therapies, which allow a deeper resolution of the presenting issues whether we work short term or on a longer term basis. Sessions are usually weekly at the same time each week for 50 minutes. Often we find ourselves creating self fulfilling prophecies around our fears or expectations, and the combination of my approaches can be helpful in exploring these restrictions. 

I offer fortnightly sessions and monthly coaching sessions which are one hour or 90 minutes.

Couples

Sessions are usually fortnightly leading to monthly and are 75 minutes.

Further details of the therapy:

I work from a psychodynamic perspective which essentially means exploring together the patterns and themes that have occurred and possibly reoccurred in your life. The idea is that the more we reflect on these patterns or repetitions, which we all encounter, the easier it becomes to break free of unwanted cycles.

This therapeutic process of reflection can open up meaningful possibilities, and new ways of feeling about one's situation and personal and family history.

I have a post qualifying certificate in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), and can draw on a number of other approaches including Jungian personality typing (similar to mbti), mindfulness, cognitive analytical therapy/mapping, and mind body work. Having this combination of therapies means I can tailor the sessions to the needs of each individual, couple or group, both initially and throughout the therapeutic journey.

If you are interested in reading more about psychodynamic therapies and evidence of their lasting therapeutic impact, please visit www.bpc.org.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. WPF Therapy London.

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice. WPF Therapy London. Accredited by the University of Roehampton.

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. WPF Therapy London.

Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (Integrative) Levels 2 and 3. Guildford College.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Nottingham.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to a strict code of ethics and values. I am fully insured.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Mbti personality typing
  • Enneagram typing
  • Dream symbolism and interpretation
  • Nutritional, herbal and natural remedies.

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Fees

From £45.00 to £200.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individuals:

£65 for initial assessment (1 hour)*.

Weekly one to one: £55 for 50 minute session.

Fortnightly one to one sessions: £65 for 1 hour. £80 for 75 minutes.

Couples:

£70 (Sessions are 75 minutes).

Groups:

Fees £90 upward, please enquire.

* I offer a half hour mini assessment for individual therapy £30. This is suitable for individuals with no prior experience of counselling or those who just want to get an idea of how I may be able to help.

I am able to offer a free telephone consultation by arrangement. Please contact me by text phone or email to arrange a suitable time.

When I work

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I currently have spaces at the following times:

Mon, Tues daytime.

Monday and Thursday evening.

Crofton House, Wych Hill, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0EX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Additional languages

French (basic fluency)