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PG Dip Psych, MBACP (Reg), Integrative Psychotherapist

About me

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming, and we can feel stuck inside our own heads, filled with anxious and unhelpful thoughts. Depression and low mood can leave us feeling isolated, struggling to connect with those around us, and making it hard to feel optimistic and in control. Perhaps you’re struggling to make sense of life at the moment and of who you are, and want to feel better, stronger and more hopeful. It might be hard for you to think that is possible, but it is. And finding a therapist who listens with empathy, curiosity, warmth, understanding and without judgement is an important first step. Together we can explore the obstacles that are holding you back and find ways to tackle them.

How Therapy Can Help

I will listen to you to learn your story, and together we will unpick the things that are causing you difficulties, challenge any outdated and unhelpful thinking, and find ways to strengthen your sense of self and help you achieve your goals. 

By developing a strong relationship we can explore your feelings, identify anything which is keeping you stuck, help you set healthy boundaries and develop emotional resilience. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced Integrative Transactional Analysis psychotherapist, working with individuals seeking help for a wide range of issues. I offer a safe space to talk about anything, and am committed to listening with empathy, curiosity, compassion, understanding and without judgement. I pride myself on the authentic relationships I build with the people I work with, and believe there is room in the therapeutic space for humour, creativity and unique connection. 

I am qualified and accredited, with a Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) in Integrative Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I also have a background in Person Centred Counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am committed to working within their ethical framework and upholding professional standards.

I undertake regular Continuing Professional Development across a wide variety of subjects, including the treatment of trauma. 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fee is £60 per session. Lower income places are available, please get in touch to discuss this further. 

When I work

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Further information

There could be many reasons you are considering starting therapy. You might not even be able to name any specific problems or issues, but you know you would like to feel differently. Better. 

The idea of sharing personal things with someone you don't know can feel risky so you need to find someone you feel you connect with, who understands you. It might be useful to think about what qualities would be important and helpful to you as you start therapy, what you feel you might need from the therapist. This is why we set up a free 15 minute introductory phone call - to give us a chance to get to know each other, see if there is a connection, and for you to ask any questions. 

What will happen in the first session?

We will agree a regular timeslot each week when your sessions will take place. Each session is 50 minutes long, and will be held remotely on a secure video calling platform such as Zoom. 

In the first session, I will probably ask a lot of questions to start to get a sense of your story, your background and your experience, and what has brought you to therapy. It is likely to be quite directive and focused on information-gathering. I may also take notes in this session, and we will set some time aside for us to discuss the therapy agreement I will have sent to you beforehand, and answer any queries you may have.

After that, in future sessions, there is no agenda or set structure, and you can choose to talk about whatever feels most important for you at that time. Together we will develop a relationship and establish ways of working which feel comfortable for you. 

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom