Where I work
I currently work in Bristol, Bath, Frome and London from a practice-based environment. On occasion, I offer home visits for people unable to attend in person through illness or through personal circumstances. I also offer Online and Telephone counselling when requested.
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 and behavioural 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. Contracts are often for 52 weeks with a review period at 40 weeks, to determine if you wish to continue for a longer period. Open-ended work is also possible.
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 contracted for a minimum of 12 weeks, and a review is held at 10 weeks, to determine if more in-depth work is required.
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. This approach can be helpful for some people and conditions, but not all.
I have worked with couples in private practice over several years. Indeed, many of the individuals I have worked with therapeutically initially come to therapy because of relationship issues and break downs. It is not unusual for couples to include individual work on personal issues affecting the relationship.
I work from a theoretical base of intersubjective or contextual phenomenology, understanding the relationship in the wider context. I also incorporate an understanding of how childhood attachment and development can impact how we are in relationships. This is a formidable combination as it opens up areas of our being together which are often overlooked in the busyness 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.
For couples who are unable to commit to weekly sessions, I offer weekend intensive sessions over Saturday and Sundays for five hours each day. These can be arranged in various, mutually convenient locations. Price is dependent on how these are to be arranged.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
- Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy - Metanoia
- Registered Mental Nurse
- Registered General Nurse
- BSc Sociology and Social Work (Bath University)
- Post Qualification (Social Work) in Mental Health (Bournemouth University)
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
- 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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Fees are discussed at our initial consultation.
Home Visit fees will be calculated to include travel time and expenses, from my nearest office base.
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.
I look forward to hearing from you, by mobile or via my website.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Availability depends on location. I may be able to support flexible appointments for people who have unpredictable work commitments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|