I am a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I provide a safe and supportive environment that is confidential and welcoming. I realise that it is a very courageous decision to access therapy and that we may not know what to expect. With this in mind I work hard to make my client's feel comfortable and fully supported with a gentle and encouraging approach.
I have practised as a Psychotherapist for 26 years and have worked with a broad range of clients and in a variety of settings that include: private practice, hospitals, end of life care, prisons and education. I am qualified to doctoral level as an Integrative therapist and my client work draws on Solution Focused, Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural approaches.
What to expect in your first session
At the very beginning of therapy the early sessions will have a focus on you helping me to gain insight into your current life situation so that we can discern what your goals are and how we can potentially work towards them so that at the end of therapy you feel in a more comfortable and manageable place.
What do clients bring to therapy?
The client difficulties that I have worked with over my years in practice include: General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks, providing support for clients experiencing periods of depression and desperation, traumatic life events and changes, bereavement and loss and relationship difficulties.
I hold a specialised Post Graduate Diploma in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and have worked with clients to help them gently process the trauma that they have experienced.
I firmly believe that the client / therapist relationship is of key importance for therapy to be successful and to that end the client will find in me personal characteristics such as concern, genuineness and empathy.
I am happy to work both short and long term with clients and the client is in control at all times with regard to how they wish for their therapy to progress.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over the years of training as an Integrative Therapist I have qualified to work in the following modalities: Person-Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- 2.1 (Hons) Spanish and Philosophy - 1989
- Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Practice - 1995
- Post Graduate Diploma Post Traumatic Stress Counselling - 1996
- MA Counselling Practice - 1998
- PhD Counselling and Psychotherapy - 2010
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
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
My Fees for a 1 hour single client session are : £50
I am happy to discuss fees for other therapeutic services that I offer such as organisational work.
I am very flexible with my availability and can see clients weekday evenings and weekend day time.