I believe in the capacity of every person to live authentically and wholeheartedly and be true to who they are. Everyone goes through difficult periods where life seems to go off the rails, where we feel overwhelmed by anxiety or feel depressed, and sometimes we need a bit of help to find our balance again. Counselling and psychotherapy help us process uncomfortable or painful experiences, and they can also put us more deeply in touch with who we are, enabling us to live a richer, fuller life. Even if it doesn't feel like it right now, you have taken an important first step by deciding to seek help.
I use a flexible, empathic approach that will be tailored to what you need. I draw primarily from Transactional Analysis, creating an open, transparent and supportive environment where I work in partnership with my clients towards agreed goals. I see psychotherapy as a process of finding and celebrating the unique spirit of every individual.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling. Prior to training as a counsellor, I spent 25 years working as a researcher the area of human motivation and behaviour change. I have worked across several cultures and have a unique understanding of the stresses created by diverse cultural identities as well as the stresses of the modern workplace. I have particular experience working with depression, anxiety, and issues of isolation and loss.
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
I charge £75 for a 50 minute session, and offer a sliding scale to anyone who has affordability constraints.
Because it is important to feel comfortable with your therapist to get value from the process, I offer a free, no-obligations 30 minute consultation. This is an exploratory session that gives us both a chance to understand how we can work together.
Concessions offered for
I usually offer face-to-face sessions as well as online. Currently, due to the pandemic, all sessions are online video sessions or via telephone.