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I am highly trained, qualified and experienced in providing psychotherapy and counselling to individuals and couples. I am a BACP Accredited Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Couples Counsellor and Psychosexual Counsellor. I am clinically trained and qualified to MSc level and have a first degree BSc (hons) in Psychology. with further training in psychosexual issues in couples.
I specialise in trauma, anxiety, depression, panic disorders, feeling sad, relationship difficulties, couple problems, family issues. I have further specialism in difficulties with intimacy and commitment, OCD, PTSD, Body Dysmorphia, Aspergers Syndrome. Personality Disorders and thought disorders.
I have many years experience treating clients who have difficulties with aspects of their personality such as internet addiction, being dishonest in relationships or engaging in risky, secretive destructive behaviours.
Emotional struggles present themselves in many ways: for example, having psycho-somatic debilitating symptoms, depression, anxiety disorders, social anxiety, paranoid thinking, panic and overwhelming stress, eating disorders, thought disorders, feeling stuck, empty or lonely, feeling split or fake, low confidence or poor self esteem, relationship difficulties or family issues. You may also feel its difficult to connect with other people. You may be struggling to work and concentrate, or you may find yourself feeling irritable, tearful or angry. Or you may have become aware that your symptoms, or even aspects of your personality, make life difficult for you. You may find yourself behaving self-destructively in ways that are interfering with your happiness or that of others.
You may feel worried about some aspect of your behaviour - such as feeling aggressive or jealous - or fearing dependency - or you may feel isolated or withdrawn and unable to sustain a sexual (or other) relationship. Or you may be worried about how you are thinking/behaving perhaps when stressed.
Experiences in your recent or more distant past may have left you feeling unhappy or even traumatised. There may have been a difficult separation or bereavement to negotiate - or a relationship or a situation that has left you feeling unhappy.
You may also be worried about something regarding your mental health - such as being unable to think as you used to or that your perception of yourself or the environment has changed. These worries may be something you have been experiencing for some time or just recently.
You may also be struggling with coming to terms with long term physical ill health or injury or disability and need help with the psychological and emotional impact of this on you and your relationships.
Couples may be married or not, mixed or same-sex, living together or living apart.
I see couples who feel that their relationship is in difficulty and wish to seek help.
If you’re in this position, you may for example be arguing a lot, be unhappy in your sexual relationship, have problems with parenting your children, or be thinking about separation or divorce. I will help you understand more about what’s going on between you, so that you can come to recognise patterns you may not have been aware of. I will help you clarify how you might be able to get things to improve and how you can develop your relationship more positively.
Some of the things I aim to help people achieve through couples counselling, (which also forms part of individual therapy, where appropriate), include:-
• Better communication
• A more stable family life
• An improved sexual relationship
• Greater awareness of your partner's needs
• Reduced jealousy
• Increased confidence
Psycho-sexual Counselling for Couples web based sessions:
This will have a strong behavioural component to the Counselling and is for couples who are having sexual problems and want to improve their sexual relationship. Difficulties may include sexual dysfunctions and loss of desire. I will work with you in a very sensitive, informed and confident way as I am aware that you will be working in a very delicate, sensitive and personal area of your relationship, often talking about things that may never have been talked about before.
UK and International Telephone Counselling/Psychotherapy
I have many years experience providing short term counselling and long term psychotherapy over the telephone. I work nationally and internationally.
Do you need the help of an experienced counsellor but struggle to find a therapist close by? I offer a confidential telephone counselling service which is ideal for those who travel regularly.
There are many benefits for telephone counselling, some of which are
- Convenient - therapy in the convenience of your preferred location.
- Confidential - your discretion is assured.
- Counselling or therapy with a professional and experienced therapist.
- Book at short notice - appointments easily arranged.
- Individuals and Couples can access a high-quality service in a flexible way at a time that suits them.
- No geographical restraints - individuals can access help from their preferred location
- International access - ideal for travellers and those working or living abroad
- Easy access to therapy for disabled people.
- Therapy can be accessed whilst in your home or office
Call for a free 15 minute initial discussion today on 01278 671735
I work with EAPs, Employers, Health Care Providers, Solicitors, Family Courts, Criminal Justice System providing psychological assessments and/or psychological interventions such as brief CBT, short term or longer term counselling. I have also worked as a Psychotherapist for the outpatient psychotherapy department for Ealing Hospital, London (NHS Trust).
I am trained and experienced to attend onsite critical incident rapid response counselling to individuals or provide telephone counselling to staff.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post graduate MSc professional and clinical training in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of London and as a psychotherapist at a large London Mental Health Trust. I have 18 years clinical experience working in private practice seeing individuals and couples in London and Somerset and as a Psychotherapist in the outpatient psychotherapy department of a large NHS London mental health hospital. Prior to my clinical training I worked for a number of years at various management levels in Charitable and Corporate Organisations within the public and private sectors. I am also trained in understanding Organisational dynamics which can affect functioning in staff groups and at the individual level at work. I have also been employed as a telephone counselling assessor for an employee assistance provider. I work with EAPs and Employers providing short term and longer term psychological interventions and provide on-site critical incident counselling support to staff relating to traumatic events for a number of organisations.
My professional qualifications are:
BSc (Hons) Psychology including Cognitive Psychology for Emotional Disorders, Schizophrenia and CBT
PG Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy
PG Cert in Psychodynamic Counselling in Organisations and work settings
PG Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
PG Cert in Psychosexual Studies: Understanding the sexual relationship.
Further training in :
Working with the sexual problem in Couples
Group Relations and dynamics in Organisations
Cert telephone counselling
Psychodynamic and developmental understanding of Delinquency, Aggression and Perversions
Online best practice training with couples and individuals
I have membership registration with the following professional bodies:
Accredited Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Member of AIP (Association of Independent Practitioners)
UKRCP Registered Independent Psychotherapist.
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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 - £75.00
Telephone Psychotherapy or Counselling - £60 individual sessions
Online sessions for Individuals - £65
Online sessions for Couples - £75
Face to Face sessions for Individuals in Spaxton, Somerset - £60
Face to Face sessions for Couples in Spaxton, Somerset - £70
Rates are dependent on type of service and time of day. Reduced rates may be available from time to time.
When I work
Day-times and Evenings Face to Face in Somerset, Telephone and Online Sessions
TO ARRANGE AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY OR COUNSELLING: Please email or telephone me on 01278 671735 if you would like to discuss your situation further or to arrange for an initial consultation. I will look forward to being of help and support to you.
As an Accredited member of BACP I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.