MSc Psychotherapy, CTA (p), MBACP
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I have a Masters level qualification in psychotherapy and counselling and work in private practice in Wellington.
How I work
My aim as a therapist is to create a collaborative relationship in which you feel able to explore the difficulties, distress, confusion or the specific goals which brought you to therapy in the first place. My intention is for you to feel heard and understood in our sessions and to work at a pace you are comfortable with. I also understand that it can sometimes be hard to know where to start and what to say; each person’s situation and experience is unique, as is each therapeutic relationship. Very early on we will take time to talk about the changes you want for yourself and we will revisit these goals as your awareness of both your ‘self’ and your situation increases. It’s also worth mentioning that therapy, like life, can be painful, challenging, joyful and fun!
Whilst there really are no right or wrong reasons to seek out therapy or counselling, it is important that you can commit to attending regularly. Building enough trust to safely explore painful thoughts out loud and/or allow yourself to express your emotions freely, usually takes time. I will pay careful attention to this and from time to time I will ensure we reflect together about what's working well and less well.
In addition to listening carefully to what you are telling me, I will also endeavour to tune into what else might be going on for you, perhaps just outside of your conscious awareness. This kind of psychodynamic approach invites you to notice, explore and then question the deep-rooted patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving which, from behind the scenes, have directed your life thus far. Wexplore how they might show up in our work together and what you can learn from this. Achieving greater awareness and clarity of your powerful patterns offers you the possibility of making different choices going forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
You may have noticed that there are a mind boggling number of different talking therapies available. They all have their value and many experienced practitioners will adapt their approach to meet the specific needs of each client. Whilst I am a Certified Transactional Analyst, meaning I trained for 6 years to Masters level in an approach called Relational Transactional Analysis (TA for short), I also draw extensively upon other theoretical models and approaches in our work together including Attachment Theory, Compassion Based Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Sensorimotor and Internal Family Systems. I am a registered, full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and approved by the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA) to practise as a psychotherapist. I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
TA is a wonderfully flexible approach that lends itself both to working at a more practical and cognitive /behavioural level (more useful for short term work) and working at greater psychological depth (essential in my view for longer term work and more complex needs).
In addition to being in private practice, I have over 20 years' experience of supporting people in the workplace who may be suffering from stress, burnout and associated difficulties.
My professional standards
I am continuously updating my professional knowledge and skills by attending workshops, conferences and seminars. I am a registered member of both the UK Council for Psychotherapy and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I adhere to their Professional Codes of Conduct and Ethical Frameworks. In line with professional best practice I attend supervision regularly with a senior practitioner who adheres to the same professional standards for confidentiality as myself. I am DBS checked and insured for private practice.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
My fee is £55 for a 50 minute session. I am committed to widening access to talking therapies so if you are on a low income or unemployed please call me as I offer a limited number of low cost/very low cost places depending upon your circumstances.
When I work
During the current Covid crisis I am working remotely by telephone. I have been delighted to discover how effective this can be. Please call to find out more.