I am a child psychotherapeutic counsellor and a qualified social Worker with over 20 years’ experience of supporting children, adults and their families. I work with children, parents & carers, adults and those who have had very difficult and painful early lives.
I offer a safe, warm and empathic relationship where I try to create a safe place for children or adults to begin to make sense of the past and begin to find new ways to live beyond the hurts and to flourish. Through working together, it is hoped that each individual develops a more settled sense of self and gains the ability to enjoy more from life and all relationships. Being a child, young person, adult or parent today seems mixed up with not knowing what to do with overwhelming feelings or behaviours. Together, we can build upon the tools to explore ourselves, to enjoy childhood and growing up, enjoy rather than endure parenting, or simply enjoy who we are and all of our varied relationships.
I specialise in a range of presenting issues. Some of which are –
- Adoption, Children who are Looked After or have experienced early life neglect, abuse and trauma.
- Family work.
- Attachment difficulties
- Life story work.
- Sexuality and gender issues.
- Child on parent violence.
Alongside talking, I use the Arts and Play to express feelings when words are not enough or there simply are no words (Sunderland).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Child Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Institiute for Arts in Therapy & Education)
- Diploma Clinical Supervision (currently in training at the Sherwood Institute)
- BA Hons Health & Community Studies
- Msc Social Work
- Diploma Social Work
- Qualified EMDR adults & Children (working towards accreditation)
- Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP)
- Non Violence Resistance (NVR)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me re fees.
I am currently in training to become a clinical supervisor and will be offering low cost supervision for a select period of time. I currently have spaces for supervisees.