About me

I am ready to help you as I have helped many others. I accredited as a psychotherapist in 2006. I respond rapidly to all enquiries and I am welcoming and encouraging.

My Approach

I use a creative approach to explore each person's personal process.

My Areas of Special Interest

1. Talk - I understand people who talk to avoid unbearable feelings and I help with this

2. Stuck - I help people who feel stuck in anxiety or depression (or both) and I guide them out of this state (like coming out of a forest)

3. Older People- I am interested in older people as they remember many rich experiences. We celebrate these experiences in my group for the over-60s

What to Expect

Please expect me to take part, clarify the situation and suggest solutions.

My father always stopped to listen to strangers tell their story. I am inspired by my father.

I take a targeted approach and we review our sessions to ensure that we are making progress.

Before the first session, we have a brief phone call to introduce ourselves.

I offer online sessions using Zoom to clients who have had several sessions with me in person. These initial sessions are essential to build up a therapeutic relationship which gives our online work a strong foundation

Experience shows that this work is successful when we meet weekly. Attending each week is important even if you feel tired or stressed.

Who I Work With

I concentrate on helping adults who are experiencing any mental issue. I have worked with well-known conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, anger management and difficulties with relationships. My speciality is how I work actively and creatively and this uncovers the core of the matter.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

I am UKCP accredited (my reg no is 6158334) and I have 14 years of post-qualification experience since I qualified in 2006.

Training in Oxford

I attended training at the Oxford School of Psychodrama and Integrative Psychotherapy. My trainers were Peter Haworth and Susie Taylor who are well-known and respected. I started training in 1998 and most of it was completed by 2003. I still had to run a weekly group in the NHS and write my dissertation ... these were achieved by 2006.

NHS

My training involved facilitating a weekly group with real patients to prove that I could professionally handle the issues that arise. I held an honorary contract for 3 years at a London hospital psychotherapy department (Mile End Hospital) where I ran a weekly group for out-patients. This included assessing patients as well as facilitating the group of 5-6 members with depression and anxiety.

Accreditation with UKCP

To help the public know who they can trust, UKCP set high standards for psychotherapists to be trained and experienced. They give their seal of approval to those who meet their standards. I received my UKCP registration (approval) in 2006.

Extensive Experience

From 2006 onwards, I have provided both individual and group therapy.

Since 2009, I have facilitated a therapy and support group for Mind in Camden. This group has benefitted many people and I continue to run it every week. The group runs online using Zoom.

From 2009-2018, I provided day workshops for groups of people to experience therapy. They were called 'Saturday Psychodrama' and I ran 65 workshops during 9 years. The workshops suited people who wanted to experience in-depth therapy at first hand (until Covid came along).

Value for Money

To ensure that you benefit from therapy in our sessions, I write down a target that we wish to achieve from the sessions and we stay focused on that. My previous experience was in business and I make sure that I provide value for money.

I work on a group basis and with individuals face to face. Please expect sessions to carry on until you have had enough (there is no fixed limit).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodrama

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My rates are as follows:

Individual sessions of 55 minutes cost £46

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have in person slots available on Fridays and online slots on Mon, Tue, Thu evenings

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Further information

I respond to your enquiry as soon as possible with a brief phone call.

An important part of my practice is to make clients feel welcome.

Diss United Reformed Church
Mere Street
Diss
Norfolk
IP22 4AD

Diss Natural Health Clinic
1C Sawmills Road
Diss
Norfolk
IP22 4GG

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My premises in Diss are on the ground floor with a ramp for wheelchairs. There are parking spaces by the door to my room

Additional languages

French

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