You may be considering counselling or psychotherapy because you feel concerned about a particular current or past problem or distressed by certain life events. You may require help to cope with and understand feelings of anger, fear or low self- esteem. You may not know what is wrong but know that something is.
Initial consultation is an opportunity for you to tell me about what you are experiencing so that we can think together about this and the benefits of any suggested treatment/therapy.
I work with people individually and in groups
Training, qualifications & experience
I have thirty years experience in Psychotherapy, Counselling and related fields. I am a registered Occupational Therapist (DIPCOT, SROT HCPC), and Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP accredited). In addition to this I have qualifications in psychoanalytic group psychotherapy and in psychodynamic counselling.
My work has been with adults, for GPs, NHS practitioners and in Private Practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Feelings of inadequacy and self hatred
Post natal depression
Childhood sexual abuse
Poor self-confidence or self-esteem
Difficulty coping with change
destructive behaviour patterns
feelings of hopelessness/pointlessness
£40-£55. Some concessions are available
Fee for 90 minute small group sessions: £20.
What is Psychotherapy and how does it work?
The aim of psychotherapy is for sustainable change over time. Many of my clients have had short bouts of counselling prior to requesting psychotherapy. Their wish is to explore and move on from the underlying problems or life events which may be contributing to symptoms such as depression, panic attacks or re occuring relationship issues.
In what becomes for the client a supportive and trusting relationship, self defeating patterns of behaviour and skewed perceptions can be identified and made sense of. A client's experience in Psychotherapy can lead to a greater self awareness and healthier, more authentic functioning in relationshipos, which freed of previous limitations become themselves better places to learn and grow.
I would describe my approach as relational; integrating theory from intersubjective and humanistic models with some psychoanalytic schools of thought.
The here and now experience of a therapy group provides members with an opportunity for learning more about how they see, interact with, and are seen by others. In the group, over time, members talk about, reflect upon and are helped to make, links between their past and present experiences and in so doing, gain insight into characteristic repeating patterns of behaviour and possible difficulties. Contact with others gives stimulus, support and challenge and opportunities arise to change unhelpful perceptions and behaviour. The group can also provide a safe place to try out new and unfamiliar ways of relating.
My groups have been running for some time now and despite initial concern regarding commitment and the natural fears which people have on coming into a group, members of these groups would say that the mutual support which is experienced has really helped them to discover more about themselves and to move on in their lives. I have some spaces currently (October 2017) and am able to offer these at £20 per 90 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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some evening availability
Types of client
Supervision & training
The excellent supervision which I have had over my many years in practice in the NHS and privately, really has enabled me to develop myself and my work in a way that keeps patients safe and keeps curiosity alive.View supervision profile