There are times in life when we find that our usual ways of coping aren’t working so well. At such moments, support through counselling or psychotherapy can be the difference that helps you to make a positive change.
I am a compassionate, thoughtful and experienced therapist who understands that there are times in life when we can struggle to feel ok.
Are there events or aspects of your life that you don't feel good about? That leave you feeling sad, stressed, angry, frustrated and emotionally drained? Do you not feel completely in control of events or emotions and don't know which way to turn?
If this sounds familiar then therapy may help you to explore your situation, reach some understanding and to make positive changes in your life. Being able to talk through concerns with professional guidance and support makes a real difference. Sessions aim to help you feel clearer about your own strengths and your own choices, to help you understand your responses to particular situations and think about what you might do differently to feel better.
If this sounds helpful, call or email so we can talk further and you can find out more.
I work with a wide range of difficulties such as family relationships, attachment issues, separation/divorce, step-family issues, co-parenting, life-stage transitions, ill health and/or bereavement as well as working with anxiety/depression, and self-esteem.
With over thirteen years’ experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors alongside work with criminal justice settings and mental health, I am qualified as a systemic psychotherapist, family therapist, counsellor and supervisor. I am a Registered Member of UKCP, AFT and BACP and work with Relate.
I also offer supervision to trainee and experienced counsellors as well as organisational supervision and am an experienced trainer in the field of counselling and relationships.
Sessions available by telephone/online.
Please telephone or email to arrange an initial introductory conversation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a systemic psychotherapist, family therapist, couples psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor working in statutory and third sector settings, as well as in private practice.
My approach is systemic which means that part of the work considers you not in isolation but in your contexts, both past and present, thinking about how these experiences impact both on your relationships and on your wellbeing. This might mean your relationship with yourself, with your intimate partner or with your family: in the past, the present or the future.
I work as a family therapist for Family Matters, working with families of all ages. Having worked for Relate for a number of years I have experience of working with couple relationship difficulties such as separation and divorce, affairs, control or abuse, step family issues, co-parenting, life stage transitions, ill health and/or bereavement.
I work with individuals on personal issues, either past or present, including anxiety, depression, self esteem, the ending of a relationship and patterns of behaviour.
I offer Supervision for both trainees and experienced practitioners and work for Relate and Marriage Care as a clinical supervisor.
I have an MSc in Psychological Therapies (Systemic Strand) from Exeter University, a Diploma in Supervision, a Post Qualifying Diploma in working with Children and Young People and originally qualified as a counsellor with Relate in 2007.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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
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
Each session lasts for 1 hour and is charged at the following rates:
Supervision: £40 per hour
There may be a negotiable reduction for trainees or those on a very low income or benefits.