I help people with:
Anxiety, stress, worry
Depression and low mood
Self confidence and self esteem
Sexual health and functioning (e.g. difficulties with arousal, sexual satisfaction, sexual pain, sexual assault)
Bereavement and losses
As a Clinical Psychologist I use an evidence-based approach and draw on a range of therapeutic models, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness-based therapy approaches. I am an EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) practitioner.
I listen with empathy and without judgement to ensure you feel safe and understood so we can begin to explore what you find difficult. My aims are to help you develop an informed understanding of your situation and to work collaboratively with you to develop strategies and techniques you can apply to improve your psychological well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since qualifying in Clinical Psychology in 1992 I have worked across a range of different specialities and services. As well as familiarity with general psychological issues I have specialist training and experience working in pain management, sexual health and long term health conditions. Whilst I have wide-ranging expertise helping individuals manage the psychological and emotional challenges that accompany chronic and physical health conditions, I am also able to help those with purely psychological difficulties. I will help you explore, understand and improve your psychological well-being.
I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - my registration PYL16067).
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
If you are paying for appointments yourself, the standard fee is £100 for either an initial consultation or follow up appointment (55 minutes face to face contact). Slightly different fees may apply if you are using a health insurance policy to pay for sessions, since different funding agreements are in place with different insurance providers.
I am registered with major health insurance providers - Aviva, AXA-PPP, BUPA, BUPA Global, Cigna, Healix health services, Vitality Health and WPA. If a health insurance provider is funding sessions, please ensure this is arranged and you have an authorisation code before we meet.
Payment of fees
Payment can be made by either pay by cash at the end of each session or by BACS within 5 days of the session.
The full session rate will be charged for all sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Mon: 3 - 6 Tues 1 - 7 , Wed 1 - 8, Thurs 2 - 8, Fri 10 - 1
Call for an initial discussion and check my availability.