Meeting by Zoom or face to face, the focus, choice and pace are yours. In private practice since 2003, I know that the heart of effective counselling is the experience of trust in the therapist.
Clients at any time come to counselling for a range of concerns, which broadly fall into: managing a sudden crisis, resolving past experiences, understanding themselves better.
Just now it is only too likely that things may erupt.
I suggest to start by a brief phone call or Zoom conversation. Others prefer to outline a focus by email. Depending on what we discuss, we can agree to start meeting or discuss other options.
As an integrative counsellor, I bring the right approach to suit your specific needs. Some clients prefer a structured approach or to use aspects of CBT; others may prefer a more psychodynamic method to help understand past experiences in depth.
I provide a supportive and reflective environment in which we can work, giving you time and space.
Years ago in a pastoral context I supported those going through bereavement. This was after I had been through a number of losses in a very short time, including friends dying in the bombing at Lockerbie.
A few years later I became seriously ill. Afterwards I had a block of time limited counselling. This helped me sort through how I was feeling and reacting to the consequences and impact of the illness, including losing my job.
The above two experiences of listening to and being listened to are part of what led me to become a counsellor. I believe in the power of therapy through personal experience.
I'm interested the process of creativity. I used to work in an art gallery but I can't draw or paint. Being creative to me seems close to playing, enjoying being in the moment, from cooking to gardening, personally and professionally.
How do I work?
Either after having spoken or by email, we arrange an initial session after which we can agree to work for 6 sessions. Then we review how things are going.
The first stage is to get more awareness of what is happening now, so we understand key factors including influences, experiences and beliefs. This mapping of experience gives us a platform to think about change.
We can then work together to identify what could be different and begin to put those different ways of behaving and responding into action.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems 2018
- Annual training workshops at London Centre for Psychodrama : 2015-2018.
- Further on going professional development in supervision of groups and reflective practice
- Foundation in Art Therapy British Association of Art Therapy 2013
- Cognitive Behavioural Training Wimbledon Guild 2011
- Working with Couples Epsom Counselling Service 2009 – 2010
- Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision Cascade Training Associates 2007
- Modules in Groupwork Metanoia 2004 – 2006
- Use of Sandtray 2004
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Kingston College 2003
- Advanced Diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling Techniques Barnabas House 1994
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
- £65 per weekly session (individuals)
- I have some reduced rate places, please ask for further details
Mon to Thurs 8.00am to 7.50pm. The last session is at 7.00pm ending at 7.50pm.
I am registered with Aviva and CBTClinics. Please ask for details.