I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Psychodynamic Counsellor, UKCP registered and I work to their ethical standards.
I have 30 years experience of working with adults and children/young people and their families/carers as a psychotherapist, counsellor and social worker within the statutory, voluntary and independent/private sector.
I run a private counselling and psychotherapy practice from Taunton and Wiveliscombe for adults, children, young people, families and couples; open ended and time limited work. I work part time as a psychotherapist for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
I am trained in EMDR and happy to work with Individuals in this way when appropriate.
I previously worked for 11 years for the NSPCC, mainly providing therapeutic work to children/young people and their parents or carers. For the following 6 years I worked as Senior and then Principal Therapist for a national Independent Foster Care Provider, providing therapeutic support to the Foster Carers and the children/young people placed with them. I have been working for Child and Adolscent Mental Health Services for the last 7 years.
An Integrative Approach:
Of fundamental importance for me is the recognition of peoples wish and potential for fulfilment and happiness.
Adverse, negative experiences can lead the individual to adapt and develop coping strategies. Often first adopted in early life, these strategies can lead to problematic emotional, thought and behavioural patterns, both in relation to experiences of self and experiences of self with others.
This integrative approach to therapy provides the opportunity to explore these very personal developmental experiences within the safe setting of a therapeutic relationship. Attention is given to beneficial and preferred ways of tackling the experienced difficulties, depending on individual personality styles.
For some people a time limited approach of focussing on specific issues within an agreed number of sessions may be sufficient. Issues relating to more deeply rooted difficulties may require open ended therapeutic work that allows for a more gradual development of the work and the therapeutic relationship.
Due to Corvid19 I currently offer online video sessions via Zoom or Skype.
Individual counselling and psychotherapy (time limited and open ended work) for adults and young people.
Couple counselling sessions for concerns regarding your relationship to improve communication and intimacy.
Family consultations, involving all members or parts of your family to address relational difficulties or crisis within your family.
Individual work with children following consultation with parents and/or carers.
An initial consultation allows for an exploration of your situation and whether therapy seems right for you at this time.
This will also allow for a consideration of the most suitable form of therapy or consultation for your particular situation, i.e. individual, couple or family work. Sometimes a combination of these approaches are most helpful.
Individual meetings usually take place on a regular weekly basis. Couple and family sessions by arrangement.
Training, qualifications & experience
· MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy
· Accredited as Psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
· Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (accredited by Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
. Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
· Training and experience in Family Therapy
. Training and expewrience in therapeutic work with children
. Training in EMDR, level 3 adults and for children level 1 and 2
· Experience of consultation work for professional networks
· Diploma in Social Work (CQSW), have recently stopped my registration as social worker.
· Specialised experience and knowledge in relation to working with Trauma and Abuse issues
Specialised training and experience of working with young people and adults with sexually abusive/harmfull behaviours.
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
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained in EMDR, which can be particularly helpful when dealing with Trauma related issues and I am happy to work with individuals in this way when appropriate.
I have a lot of expereince in working with sexually harmful and abusive behaviours, both from the victim's experience as well as working with young people and adults who have inappropriately engaged in such behaviours.
£ 50.00 to £ 65.00 depending on income situation. Minimum fee for couple and family work £ 55.00
Please email or ring mobile number and leave message. My availability is limited usually to Monday day times.
I practice from Wiveliscombe and Taunton and currently on line or via telephone.