Having worked in healthcare for 30 years and acquired a lot of qualifications along the way, I am able to offer you a range of therapies in order to help you get better more quickly. I have worked with all ages and all types of difficulties. I typically see 30 people a week - thats a lot of therapy experience!
During my previous career in occupational therapy, I worked in a locked inpatient unit providing people with practical living skills and talking therapy. I then worked in the NHS community mental health service, helping people with severe mental health difficulties and psychosis. I currently work for the NHS as well as privately. I have spent the last ten years in the Steps to Wellbeing service helping people to overcome anxiety, depression, phobias, OCD and trauma. I am also part of the NHS service, treating people with fybro, ME and chronic pain. I have spent four years supervising other therapists.
In my private work, I also add in some NLP and hypnotherapy, to help you to make the changes more quickly. As such, it is so rewarding to see people gain a more speedy transformation and sense of relief. If you would like a spiritual dimension to therapy, I am able to add in some energy healing work as an additional compliment to our work together.
I run a calm, relaxing clinic in Dorchester, overseeing a team of practitioners also working there. Mindful Solace is a centre for a range of complimentary therapies, including reiki, mindfulness, coaching, reflexology and a variety of courses. I offer individual sessions, plus various workshops on: sleeping well, overcoming stress, mindfulness skills and mindful eating.
When I'm not working, I am travelling, doing arts & crafts, yoga, learning Spanish, going to Toastmasters or various Steampunk events around the south west. I believe in living life to the full and I will help you to gain the life you want too.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy - three years training and attained a 2:1 degree
Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - full-time year-long course to masters level, with ongoing continuous professional development and full accreditation with BABCP
EMDR for trauma - all four parts of training, provisional accreditation and membership with governing body
Master Neuro-Linguistic-Programming Practitioner - two years training and membership with governing body
Master Hypnotherapy Practitioner - one year with an accredited training school
Hypnotherapy trainer - I am qualified to train others to become hypnotherapists
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Group therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Jungian therapy
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I use a range of therapeutic approaches, in order to best meet your need. As such, I generally find people get better more quickly and need fewer sessions.
Initial consultation via telephone or email is free.
Indvidual sessions range between £60 - £120 per session - subject to topic and some sessions are longer than others, for more effective results.
Packages available, subject to number of sessions required.
Value for money!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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all week, including weekends and evenings
Types of client