We all face emotional difficulties at some point during our lives which need attention. We can feel overwhelmed, ‘not ourselves’ and unable to cope, either from long-term issues or from sudden, more unexpected events. This can leave us feeling lost, or stuck, and unable to find a way forward. Turning to friends and family for support can be useful, but sometimes this is not possible or not enough.
How can I help?
I can help you explore, and understand, feelings such as anxiety, depression, sadness, low self-esteem, and other emotions that make us all human but can be difficult to live with. I have learnt through my practice that exploring emotions can be a rewarding but sometimes daunting process, but if you have someone alongside you, safely supporting you through the experience, the journey can be an easier one.
I have also worked extensively in bereavement and the feelings surrounding loss. I have a great interest in helping people explore how to manage difficult transitions when there is an uncertainty about what life may look like next. My work can help you make choices and feel supported as you move towards the future.
How I work
I work with a caring warmth and openness and without judgement. Building a trusting, therapeutic relationship, is particularly helpful and supportive, while you discover how life can start to feel better. My aim is to create a safe, confidential space for you to explore what is important to you. I see people for both short term therapy (6-20 weeks) or for a longer time when your feelings are more deep-rooted and you need more time to work things through.
What to Expect when we first meet
After our first phone conversation we can set up an initial assessment. The aim of this is to meet face to face, and get a sense of each other, and for you to see whether you would like to work with me as your therapist. It is important that you feel comfortable and can imagine working with me over time. The assessment is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about how I work, and what you might expect. If you decide to come to therapy, the sessions are at the same time each week for 50 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified, BACP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I have an Advanced Diploma and Master’s Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy (Minster Centre and Middlesex University). I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Humanistic and Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Body Psychotherapy, Diversity and Relational Psychotherapy.
I have also had additional specialised training in child sexual abuse, death and bereavement, domestic abuse, self -harm and suicide, eating disorders, sexuality, sexual diversity, and trauma.
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
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
I charge £60 for a 50 minute session.
It is important to have initial assessment so that you can decide if you would like to work with me, I charge £35 for this.
Some concessionary places are available
When I work
I offer flexible working hours from The Minster Centre