I am an experienced counsellor with over thirty years of continuous practice and a senior accredited member of the BACP. I have been able to support people to achieve significant improvements in their mental health and to improve their quality of life.
I have many years experience of running services for people who are in distress, including 8 years as Director of Off Centre Young People's Counselling Service in Hackney and 14 as Chief Exec at Leeds Mind.
Throughout my years in management, I maintained a counselling practice, seeing people with complex and often severe difficulties. I have also had the honour of working with all kinds of people, from students, working age adults in full time employment and people who are in receipt of benefits. I have found that although everyone is different there is no fixed rule about who benefits from counselling. The only guidance is that you feel like you need some support and are prepared to work at it.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
BSc Psychology and Anthropology Goldsmith's College, London 1988
Advanced course in Consultation to Individuals, groups and organisations Tavistock Institue 1990
BACP accreditation 1996
More recently I have undertaken training with Babette Rothschild and Alison Miller (separately) on managing the somatic symptoms of abuse and working with extreme dissociative experience as well as attending training on Supervision. I am also an author, with four collections of poetry published, the most recent of which is Desolate Market, published by Carcanet.
I was Director of Off Centre, Hackney Young People's Counselling Service from 1988-1996. While there I developed experience with most issues affecting young people, including bereavement, relationship issues, cultural identity, sexual abuse, self harm and more serious mental health problems. Between 1996 and 2010 I was Chief Exec at Leeds Mind, where I maintained a small counselling practice. Since 2010, I have been working in private practice.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have had substantial expertise in working with people who experience dissociation and have acted as a consultant psychotherapist in association with the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in North London.
£40-£70 but in practice I will negotiate to ensure people can achieve their goals.
I have counselling sessions available most days and evenings. I can be flexible about frequency, seeing people as regularly as each person thinks best.
My experience is in working with people who have mental health problems and I have an excellent track record in supporting people to make a full recovery from these difficulties. I am committed to helping survivors of abuse reclaim their full lives and I work hard to ensure positive outcomes from counselling for all clients.
I believe that people always do their best to stay well and will have tried all sorts of strategies to help themselves already. I try to acknowledge these efforts and will support people to grow and extend their self esteem.
Good mental health is not a mystery. If we can attend to these, our mental health is likely to improve:
* Staying in control of our lives/immediate environment
* Tolerating and accepting our feelings
* Having friends with whom we can have reciprocal relationships
* All symptoms of poor mental health have a meaning and a purpose that we can learn to read
* Past event will cast their shadow on the present. By working with these we can come from under the shadow