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MSc Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Supervisor

About me

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING

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CLINICAL SUPERVISION FOR COUNSELLORS AND PSYCHOTHERAPISTS, INCLUDING TRAINEES

A little more .....

All life is about being 'in relationship', whether with other people or our environment. This is true for psychotherapy too - my style is informal and relational, sometimes there may be tears,  but sometimes joy. I use all my trainings to work with you in the most appropriate way, so how we work is totally unique to you and what is important for you to resolve.  We will work through issues from the past or what is happening currently - but with a firm focus on helping you grow and develop in the future.  

I hold an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and am a professionally registered Psychotherapist (UKCP). I hold current registrations as a nurse (mental health and general) and I also have a BSc in Social Work.

I have been a practising psychotherapist for over ten years, both within the NHS and in private practice. I work with individuals, couples and family groups. Whilst this has primarily been face-to-face, I have also worked with clients online for over six years, with clients based throughout Europe and the UK. Clients always chose the format they feel works for them.

I run an 'ethical practice' and try to make my service accessible to everyone, operating a sliding scale fee rate, based on income.

Code of Ethics

I abide by the code of ethics of my registering organisations

I am registered with the UKCP (Humanistic and Integrative College)

I am also registered with the NMC as a Mental Health and General Nurse

What is an Integrative Psychotherapist?

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapists believe in their client’s ability to take responsibility for themselves and their choices, and their capacity to fulfil their talents. The psychotherapist works with the client to realise these potentials.

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapists take into consideration how the external world affects the client, and will explore the significance of social, cultural and political experience.

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy is available in a range of settings in the public, private and voluntary sectors and benefits individuals, couples, children, families, groups and organisations.

Experience

In private practice for over 10 years

20+ years as a clinician within the NHS and other statutory settings

Trained to MSc level in Psychotherapy

Extensive Continuing Professional Development

Decades of working with individuals, families and relationships.

Many years of working online with clients.

Extensive Supervision of Clinicians (psychotherapists, psychologists, doctors, social workers, various medical therapists) within private and statutory settings.

Specialist expertise for Individuals:

Anxiety

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Stress Reduction

Trauma

PTSD/CPTSD

Attachment Issues, current and historic

Depression

Self Harm (any kind)

Autistic Spectrum Disorders 

Abandonment

ADHD

Dependencies/Addiction 

Couples Work

Working with couples, helping them stay together

Recovery from betrayal - rebuilding trust

Working with couples to help them co-parent if separating

Working towards an expanded relationship (non-monogamy).

What I can offer you

The basis of all good therapy is in the relationship and building trust.

Whenever someone is seeking either psychotherapy or counselling, there is often a background of pain, disharmony and a feeling of being lost or alone with your difficulties.

I can offer you, not only a 'safe' home for your emotional and relational challenges but also someone who has significant experience of working with people facing the most incredible distress, 'aloneness' and confusion in their life. All problems are unique and each path to your own safe place is different. I will honour your unique history and your support your personal and relational growth.

So, to sum up, I can offer you a safe environment, someone who will work with you in a gentle but sometimes challenging way, who will listen and who will question. I am not a 'blank wall' therapist, who will leave long silences (although some silence is useful). I will learn as much from you as you will from me. That is the nature of therapy and healing.

Where I work

I work in person and online (dependent on days/times/availability)

All locations have easy parking and are near transport links.

Intensive sessions are available to couples (normally over the weekend), particularly where a regular commitment to therapy is difficult because of work . This is a London/South West service.

Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling

I offer individual sessions that usually run for 50 minutes. I also offer extended sessions of 100 minutes, which can be particularly useful, if you are in crisis. Sessions are weekly or twice weekly. I offer psychotherapy, counselling, somatic and behavioural/narrative interventions.

Psychotherapy is a longer-term commitment to understanding oneself, our relationship(s) with others, which can support in-depth understanding and huge potential for lasting change.. Psychotherapy is particularly useful for more complex issues, such as complex trauma, early attachment issues, dissociation and dealing with long term concerns including issues of sexuality.  I have several clients who I have been with me for several years. However, I also work with clients on specific issues - such as anger and anxiety.

Counselling is a shorter-term commitment and is better suited to a single problem with a clear objective. I am trained to offer brief and time-limited interventions. Counselling is normally lasts for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Behavioural Interventions are particularly useful for low to moderate anxiety and phobias. I have been trained in different modalities to work in this area and have practised behavioural techniques over many years. Some interventions may require work within your home setting or other locations, particularly when working with phobias.

The more widely recognised of these is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a NICE recommended intervention for mild anxiety and depression. This treatment focusses on understanding what may be 'triggering' your problems and working on strategies to overcome these. This approach requires a commitment to 'homework' and practising the interventions. I have a certificate in CBT from UWE.

Couples Therapy

If you are hoping to improve your relationship Couples Counselling can help you both move past traumas and patterns of behaviour which are getting in the way of relational growth. I always work with couples individually alongside joint work. This works well, as it allows space for each person in the relationship to explore issues privately before sharing and communicating these in a way that is safe, improving communication and sharing.

Couples work is based on the research of the Gottman Institute. Whilst there are many symptoms of a relationship falling apart, the root causes are often based in what Gottman describes as the '4 Horsemen of the Apocolypse'. Criticism, Contempt, Stonewalling and Defence. Even in the best relationships, there are arguments, but like in therapy, when there is a rupture (or falling out), it is how the repair happens which is crucially important.

We often bring baggage from our childhood or other relationships and that is why I also include a broader theoretical framework, when working with the individuals in the relationship. For this work from a theoretical base of intersubjective or contextual phenomenology, understanding the relationship in the wider context. I  incorporate an understanding of how childhood attachment and development can impact who we are in relationships. This is a formidable combination as it opens up areas of our being together which are often overlooked in the busy-ness of life. However, there is also a focus on re-attaching or re-coupling, as this is often lost in relationships where there are pressures or trust issues. It is a chance to reinvigorate and bring joy back into your lives.

I offer weekend intensive sessions over Saturday and Sundays for five hours each day. These can be arranged in various, mutually convenient locations. If you are interested in this style of working, please let me know.

Contract

Contracts can be time-limited or arranged as open-ended with review periods, usually every 6 months (although in reality, this often explored in sessions).

We will arrange a mutually convenient day and time which is yours until arranged otherwise, although I do try to offer some flexibility where possible to meet work and personal requirements.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Training

  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
  • Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia
  • Qualified Mental Nurse
  • Qualified General Nurse
  • BSc Sociology and Social Work (Bath University)
  • Post Qualification (Social Work) in Mental Health (Bournemouth University)
  • Diploma in Integrative Supervision for Individuals and Groups 

Professional Registrations

  • UKCP
  • NMC

Continuing Professional Development

  • Brief therapy (NHS)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (U.W.E.)
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy (N.H.S.)
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (N.H.S.)
  • Coaching (N.H.S.)
  • Mindfulness (N.H.S.)
  • Safeguarding Level 3 - (vulnerable adults/child protection) (N.H.S.)
  • Suicide Prevention (N.H.S.)
  • Dementia awareness and skills (NHS)
  • Carers support (NHS)
  • Psychosocial interventions in psychosis
  • (NHS)
  • Working with people who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia (NHS)
  • Dual diagnosis (drugs and alcohol) training (NHS)
  • Elder abuse (NHS)
  • Working with people who have experienced sexual abuse (NHS)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Mental Health Act
  • Supervision
  • Polyvagal Theory and its applications.
  • NEBS (now institute for management) Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a specific interest in transgenerational trauma, born out of having a parent who was a refugee from Eastern Europe, following the genocides carried out by various invading nations. 

I also have a specific interest in relationship issues and areas of family life where violence or abuse may have been experienced.

Family history and relationships as adults are often intertwined with attachment disorders and ability to relate later in life. This can lead to difficulties within long term committed relationships. I work with couples both as individuals and as a couple, working on resolving difficulties and increasing intimacy on all levels.

In addition to these issues I also work extensively with people who are neurodiverse or who have neurological/cognitive challenges. 

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP

Additional information

Free Telephone Consultation

Individual and Couple sessions are the same cost.

If you are facing financial difficulties or feel you are unable to afford the fees please do talk to me. To reassure those who fear financial difficulties, I always try to accommodate changing financial circumstances.

I have two very low-cost sessions per week for carers and those on benefits.

I offer one free emergency session per week to front line workers in crisis. Please call for to organise a one-off session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Friday

First appointment at 8.00 a.m.

Last appointment at 8.00 p.m.

Flexible Appointments possible

Further information

I have extensive career experience working with mental health challenges, physical health problems within both health and social care environments. I have had a private practice for many years, working with clients both long term and short term. My way of working, is holistic, bringing in all my professional training. My practice is inclusive and I work with clients from all cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and gender.

I have a strong interest in transgenerational trauma, lived trauma and attachment issues. In particular, how these impact our relationship with other people. I am also interested in and work with bodily held responses that trigger our thoughts and behaviours. My work with you will be mindful of this inter-play and I will support you to manage these bodily held anxieties and responses. 

For people who have specific phobias, which restrict your lifestyle choices, I will work with you in the most relevant setting, including your home.

My work with couples is heavily informed by the Gottman Institute which is the only couples therapy which is based in ongoing research. I hope to support couples to remain together (in whatever way that looks like) but also support people in separating without acrimony. I believe that where children are involved, they have to be the priority and I'll help separating couples devise ways of co-parenting effectively.

If you have any queries or just want to make further enquiries, please do call me on 0117 325 2694 or via my website www.relatingminds.com

55 Queen Square, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 4LH

Bath, Somerset, BA1

Type of session

Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

All sessions are online currently. My private practices in Bristol, Bath and Somerset all have parking and easy transport links.

Additional languages

No

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I am able to offer you a highly skilled and diverse understanding, on a 1-1 basis and in groups.

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