At the age of 19, I became involved in psychotherapy groups, which had a strongly humanistic and feminist viewpoint. Over the next few years, this involvement developed into long term psychotherapy training and analysis, whilst I also obtained an honours degree in psychology.
My main interest in psychotherapy has always been empowerment. Often women and men suffer a lot of unfair and confusing treatment in life.
To understand our situation and ourselves we need time, space and encouragement. We need a caring environment where someone has the time to listen to us, rather than being judged or labelled.
My main interest in working with people is looking at the purpose and meaning of our lives. How to change unhappiness, or anxiety, or dissatisfaction into fulfilment, enjoyment and success.
For the past 41 years, I have been providing individual and couple therapy. I supervise other psycho-therapists and provide supervision and facilitation for various charities.
UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist.
I was one of the first psychotherapists to be accredited by UKCP in 1993 when they were formed.
I work with individuals, couples and groups.
Training, qualifications & experience
- UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners Accredited Psychotherapist
- UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist
- UKCP Approved Supervisor
- I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist for nearly 40 years.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
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
I am available weekdays and evenings and Saturday mornings.
I work with people in all areas of counselling and psychotherapy, from relationship problems to anxiety, and finding meaning in life.
The way I work depends upon what is most effective for each individual person, from CBT to psychodynamic and existential therapy or mindfulness practice.
The most important thing I believe is to work from a Humanistic perspective... the client always comes first, not the theory.
For therapy to be useful, the most important factor is the relationship of equality and trust that we can develop.