How I can help you?
As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist I can help you facilitate change and find a way through the challenges you are currently facing.
I work with many presenting issues ranging from those that will only need a few sessions to those that require a longer term programme of support to facilitate recovery and rehabilitation.
As a therapist I advocate supporting clients to getting where they need to be in the shortest space of time possible.
Different ways of working.
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
CBT is directive and structured. It puts you in the driving seat and equips you with knowledge and understanding of your inner workings. With this knowledge we work collaboratively to bring change to the areas of your choice.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can work in two ways. We can work quickly. Identifying the symptoms which cause you the most distress and then apply specific interventions to remedy the symptoms as quickly as possible.
Or we can spend some time identifying why these symptoms are occurring in the first place and look to dissolve the root cause which in turn will eradicate the symptoms.
How we work and how long we spend together is driven by you and I will help you decide this in our first few sessions.
Pluralistic and Integrative
CBT does not appeal to everyone. Some like a less structured and less directive approach and instead want to come across ideas and realisations on their own. Through a pluralistic intervention we can help identify and process issues that have been stored up or locked away. Using the relationship we foster, plus creative tools and interventions that suit you as a person, we can tailor a plan that brings the maximum results.
Both treatments are valid and can deliver the same outcome. The journey is just a little different but the destination is the same.
In our first session we will conduct an assessment as discuss all the treatment options. You will decide what feels right for you and we will review our progress regularly.
What to expect
Our first session will allow me to assess your current needs, gain an understanding of what you want and advise on the best course of action. I will also be able to provide you with an understanding of what is occurring for you and why you may be feeling the way you are. Together we will find the right approach that suits your unique needs. We will work weekly and depending on your preference I can also provide work to be completed outside of our sessions for maximum results.
People will usually approach me when they are particularly concerned about the relationship they have with their therapist. I can provide a safe, warm and engaging environment that will allow you to work with some of your more challenging areas and help find a way to move past them.
Training, qualifications & experience
Msc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
BSc in Psychotherapy
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Grief and Bereavement
Critical Incident Debriefing
Working with Trauma
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Working with risk and suicide
Certificate in Telephone Counselling
Certificate in Online Counselling
My original training was based on the theory that with the right techniques clients can solicit significant change through self discovery. Since then I have trained in many other theoretical approaches including CBT. I will find out from you, how you would like to work and what you need from therapy. We will agree together the right approach for you and we will review it regularly.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a specific area of interest in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) if you would like to know more please get in touch.
In a nutshell sometimes things can become too much and life is not how we would like it to be.
For some this could be because of a life event such as a bereavement or relationship break up.
For others it is on-going and enduring. It could be something you have always lived with or something that started and never went away.
Mental Health is like Physical Health. Sometimes we are well and sometimes we are not. Sometimes we are always unwell because the problem has not been sorted.
Therapy with me will work in either two ways. We will understand how you see your world and how that world interacts with you. We will connect the dots and gain insight into why things are the way they are. With this process started we will identify options that will allow you take control and have mastery over your world. In turn everything around you will interact with you differently. We may also identify how your thoughts and how your feelings affect your behaviours and relationships. When these behaviours are unhelpful we will look at changing them.
I work with most presenting issues. My specialities are:
Stress and Anxiety
Self-esteem and Confidence issues
If you cannot identify what you want to work on above. Don’t be put off. Drop me a line.