UKCP - Psychotherapist and Supervisor
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I am a man in my sixties with a range of life experience, some of which led me to my own therapeutic experience and then to train as a Psychotherapist. I have been seeing people as a therapist for twenty years as of 2019 and I have worked privately throughout, as a 1-2-1 therapist but subsequently also as a group therapist. In my early years I engaged with people who had enduring mental health issues as a counselling coordinator of a NHS/social services run secondary care service.
At the time I was also involved in private practice and since leaving the NHS/Social services this is what I do. In my practice I have been engaging with many people from all walks of life with a range of concerns and challenges in life. Additionally, since 2007 I was a tutor at the Minster Centre, one of the pre-eminent, and historically earliest, trainings for Integrative counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK. There I have filled the roles of Head of Year for both students entering the training and those who are in their final year of their MA/ advanced diploma. I retired from active tutoring in September 2018 but I continue as a clinical Supervisor to finalists trainees in their work with a range of clients. I also provide clinical Supervision to qualified therapists in private practice.
I feel that my whole life is relevant to what I bring to the engagement with my clients and perhaps because of this I feel that although knowledge of the therapy process gained both from having been a client myself as well as the training and experience I have had over time is important; in the end the quality of the relationship between us is perhaps the most important aspect and predictor of whether this experience will be of help to you. Interestingly this is also supported by research into what benefits clients the most and in many respects it is not the theory being "applied" or the nature of the presenting issue that is a predictor or therapeutic success (although these are of course potentially important factors) but the tenor and quality of "our" relationship over the time that we have.
A trusting and engaged relationship provides the opportunity to explore those aspects of your life which have brought you to therapy. You will be providing yourself, through our engagement, the environment to create an understanding of yourself which is hard to achieve in other circumstances. Through therapy there is the possibility of arriving at a greater understanding of why we are the way we are also why we find ourselves in situations that can distress us and how we may change this.
The therapeutic engagement is in part listening, understanding, reflecting, challenging, and working together to unravel thoughts and feelings that can often feel stuck or in a muddle. It can also be a place for looking at immediate issues in a new light
I engage in 1-2-1 open ended psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA and AdvDiploma in Psychotherapy. I am a registered practitioner and Supervisor with the UKCP.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with most issues depending on what you are looking for and the nature of the engagement. Tick boxes don't easily define the person nor the practitioner.
- I am available to see clients on a short term or long term basis
- Individual psychotherapy
- I work face to face
Each session last for 50 mins and I tend to work at a level of one session a week but more or less can be arranged if appropriate.
My standard rate is £90 per session. The standard fee can vary depending on circumstances.
(Some concessionary fees are available generally ranging from £70-£80 - this is negotiated between us depending on your circumstances and spaces being available - generally during daytime hours).
When I work
I have some availability
At this time I have no more available space however this can change so please feel free to contact me to discuss your situation and I am willing to answer your preliminary questions on any aspects of what would be involved in us working together where I can.
I am also the proprietor of therapy rooms from where I practice and as such can refer you on to other therapists should this be suitable.