Finding the right counsellor to suit your needs can be difficult, therefore I offer a free initial consultation to help identify your issues, and for you to learn a little about the way we can work together. I am a Masters Degree educated counsellor and psychotherapist with nearly 28 years professional experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. I have 24 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy, short term (6 sessions) and longer term in GP practices in Bath, Wiltshire and Somerset, and in private practice.
I believe that no single counselling or therapy approach suits the needs of a broad spectrum of people or presenting problems and therefore, work integratively using a number of counselling approaches including psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic Counselling, and Transactional Analysis.
I offer a free no obligation initial 30 minute consultation to explore your issues and to allow you to decide whether I am the right thaerapist for you.
I work in Rode (Nr Frome).
I am a reistered member of BACP and work to their code of ethics and practice.
I have experience working with issues including:
Depression, Anxiety and Panic, Stress, OCD, Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addictions, Grief and Loss, Relationship Problems, Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Eating Disorders, Bi-polar Disorder, Bullying, Child Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect), Low Self-confidence, Low Self-esteem, Termination/Miscarraige, Sexuality, Work Related Issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
Registered Mental Nurse (hons) 1977-1980
Enrolled Nurse General 1982-1984
Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (full time course) 1987-1988
MSc. Counselling (University of Bristol) 1992-1994
Diploma in CBT 2014 - 2015
- 37 years professional experience in the NHS
- 27 years experience working with those having moderate to serious mental health problems, emotional distress and as a psychotherapist within the NHS
- Masters degree educated
- A wide knowledge of a number of theoretical models of counselling and psychotherapy, both brief and long-term.
- I have previously held Senior Lecturing and Tutoring Posts at some of the UK’s top Universities.
- Experience in developing training programmes, a trauma de-briefing service, evaluation tools and counselling systems
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.
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
Loss and transition
Job Loss and Redundancy
Support for family members regarding self-harm and suicide
Psychotherapy groups and focussed groups such as:
Fees are capped at £40 for a 60 minute session and I offer a sliding scale of fees negotiable at the initial consultation.. My aim is to provide affordable counselling for all in times of distress or for personal development.
I offer reduced fees for counselling to counsellors in training.
I work in Rode (between Frome and Trowbridge) and can be flexible regarding times of sessions. Sessions do not have to be weekly and you have a choice regarding regularity.
An increasing number of Health Insurance Companies are including Counselling as part of their health & well being package - it's worth enquiring to check if the cost can be claimed back.
I am also a qualified supervisor with 23 years experience of supervising counsellors, therapists and health workers in higher education, the NHS, voluntary and statutory organisations and private practice.
I offer reduced fees for supervision to counsellors in training.