Right now we are all living through a period of great uncertainty and stress. Social isolation, whether as an individual or with partner and family, brings with it a range of problems and difficult feelings. I am a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist and couple counsellor and am now specialising in couple work and relationship counselling. I have moved my practice online and would like to offer individuals and couples a chance to try this and see if it helps them at this time.
You can phone or email and we can set up an initial online meeting with no obligation to continue. This gives you a chance to see if it works for you and decide if you want to take it further.
I come from a background in teaching and have been working in this field since 1997. I started by doing CRUSE training and working voluntarily with people who had been bereaved. I went on to train with Relate and saw a wide range of individuals and couples who were having problems in their relationships. At the same time I began a psychotherapy training at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) and went on to gain a Diploma and MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. This means I have studied a range of psychotherapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, relational and person centred and can tailor what I offer to suit individual needs.
Since finishing my initial training I have continued to study and keep up to date with new thinking and recent workshops include 'Introduction to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)', 'Mindfulness Skills', 'Emotional Regulation Treatment' and courses on depression, anxiety and working with couples and survivors of abuse.
I have worked in a range of settings, and with individuals and couples from a broad range of backgrounds with many different problems.
How can counselling/therapy help?
Most people start to think about counselling when they are unhappy and sometimes desperate. You may be going through a particularly difficult time because of something specific (a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, stress, depression) or you may be aware of more long standing problems that keep affecting your ability to cope with life.
Counselling gives you a safe, confidential space where you can talk freely about whatever is bothering you. I will do a lot of listening as I try to understand what it is you want to achieve and what may be blocking you. My interest is in helping you understand yourself and exploring how you can make your life as satisfying and happy as possible. I am committed to helping you achieve significant and lasting change if that is what you choose to do.
How long does it take
This really depends on what you want to achieve. If you are coming with a specific problem that has only arisen in the last year or so, it is likely that you will start to find your way through it and feel better in a short number of sessions. Often I suggest that we meet for 6 sessions and then review. However if your problem is more complex and has been part of your life for a while, it may take considerably longer than this. This doesn't mean that nothing will change or improve. Indeed, you should be gaining in understanding right from the beginning.
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
These terms are often used interchangeably and indeed there is no clear distinction between the two. But generally counselling is more short-term (4-20 sessions),usually about a specific problem and concerned with finding a way forward with this problem. Often when you do this, you become aware of more general patterns from the past that have caused you difficulty. You may notice that you keep getting in the same difficult situation or keep making the same mistakes in relationships. Then some clients want to go further and explore these patterns and understand themselves on a deeper level. When the work is more open-ended , when it becomes more long term and has the goal of understanding the self, then it can better be described as psychotherapy. Doing this work and integrating the past can help us live more emotionally healthy lives.
One area where stuck patterns are particularly likely to occur is in our couple relationships. Having worked for Relate for several years, I have considerable experience in working with couples and enjoy the challenge of this work. Couples often come at crisis points and times of real conflict and despair. If this is you now, I want to say that it is possible that you can turn things round and learn to listen to each other in new ways. You may well be able to increase your level of intimacy and discover more satisfying ways of being together. And if you do decide to separate, it is always valuable to understand what went wrong and to be able to separate in the most constructive way possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (2005)
- Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (2005)
- Relate Certificate in Couple Counselling (2002)
- Cruse Bereavement Training Certificate (1999)
- M.Ed. (1996)
- BA (Hons) Psychology / History (1969)
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
Concessions offered for
£40 a session for individuals
£45 a session for couples
Sessions last for an hour. I have a limited number of low cost places if required.
Week days and evenings
At the moment I am only working online.
Do contact me by email or telephone if you would like to discuss whether counselling could be helpful to you.