MA, BA, Post Grad Dip, MBACP (Acred)
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The decision to enquire about psychotherapy often comes after a long struggle with pain, frustration and attempts to hold things together. This struggle isn't our fault but finding healing and integration is a choice we can make to change our lives. As a psychotherapist, I take great joy in seeing life affirming changes in the lives of my clients. Psychotherapy and counselling are incredible gifts for bringing about personal and societal transformation
I am an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work both within the NHS and private practice. My career began as a specialist mental health and family focused social worker which I did for 25 years. I then trained as an integrative counsellor and later as a Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) psychotherapist. I have undertaken post graduate training in trauma therapy.
I am dedicated to compassionately helping people to work through problems and challenges with well developed psychotherapeutic interventions. My psychotherapeutic approaches include integrative, compassion focused, attachment-based and trauma focused therapies. I have trained in systemic interventions for working with couples and individuals.
If you are struggling with the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, shame and self-criticism, imposter-syndrome, loss and bereavement, a serious health diagnosis, chronic health issues, couples and relationship issues, issues related to LGBTQ+ identity, or need help with finding direction, increased resilience or starting over again, I am happy to work with you to establish goals and a therapeutic plan to meet your needs.
I am particularly aware that men can struggle to identify when they need emotional support and help, and often experience psychological struggle because acknowledging that they are vulnerable can bring feelings of shame. I would like to say to men who may feel this not to be afraid to ask for support. It is a strength to ask, not a weakness.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Trauma Therapy - Naos Institute, London (March 2022)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy - Birmingham University; 2018
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling, (BACP Accredited training) Inter-Psyche Training Institute, Kent; 2011
- Certificate in Systemic Therapy, (Couples) Birkbeck, University of London; completed 2010
- Masters Degree in Theology – dissertation specialism: The spiritual care needs of adult survivors of childhood trauma – St Mary's University, Twickenham; 2017
- BA (Hons) Social Work - dissertation specialism therapeutic work with adult survivors of childhood trauma, Portsmouth University; 2004
- Advanced Diploma in Mental Health Social Work, Portsmouth University; 1999
- Social Work Practice Teaching Award, Bromley College of Higher Education: 1998
- Diploma in Social Work/Diploma in Higher Education, Brunel University, London; 1994
- Certificate in the Dynamic Psychology of Counselling, Lincoln Institute of Psychotherapy, London; 1991
- Diploma in Theology and Social Studies, Plater College, Oxford; 1988
Recent continuing professional development:
- EMDR level 1 training 2021
- 2020: Narrative Therapy (level 1) (Institute for Narrative Therapy)
- 2020: How The Body Releases Trauma - (PESI) 2 days
- 2020: Waking Dreams (Psychosynthesis Trust) 2 days
- 2019: Working with Young People with Gender Dysphoria - (Tavistock Clinic) 1 day
- 2019 Working with LGBT Clients(WPF) - 1 day
- 2017 - 18 Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy (University of Birmingham) 1 year
- 2017 Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy – (Compassionate Mind Foundation) 3 days
- 2016 Compassion Focused Therapy and Trauma – Compassionate Mind Foundation – 2 days
- 2015 Systemic Practice with Families with Physical Illness -(Tavistock Clinic) 5 days
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £55.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone or online session
£55 for a 60 minute one to one session
£70 for a 60 minute couples counselling session
When I work
Thursday and Friday 7.00am -8pm
Compassion Focused Therapy:
Compassion Focused Therapy is a very relevant and helpful approach to problems such as low mood, overwhelm, overload, heightened anxiety, shame and loss of self confidence. Compassionate resilience has a strong evidence base for helping us to cope with distress and change.
Compassion Focused Therapy offers us insight into understanding how our evolutionary brains, thoughts and emotional systems work. It does this through teaching us about three core evolutionary brain systems:
- Threat Protection System (fight, flight, freeze, appease)
- Drive System (motivation, focusing, attaining, goal orientation, etc)
- Soothing system (calm, safety, wellbeing, connection)
How well these systems interact within the human system affects our mood, emotions, thinking, feeling, nervous system and bodily reactions. These systems are important for emotional wellbeing and are related to certain hormones and brain chemistry. Understanding these systems is the first important step in helping us to learn how to manage our sometimes tricky minds and emotions more effectively.
As a therapist trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) my work with you managing psychological distress would aim to help you to cultivate a capacity for reducing anxiety and helping you to develop emotional resilience. This would initially be through teaching you strategies to support your nervous system manage anxiety and the effects of sometimes traumatic thoughts and emotions. These strategies are informed by Polyvagal Theory, a scientific model of intervention focused upon regulating the interaction between our mind, our nervous system and our bodies:
Polyvagal Theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeokFxnhGQo
The development of compassionate resilience through:
- Developing an internal compassionate mind to navigate our lives, relationships and decision making, perceptions and conflictual feelings;
- Compassionate reasoning and thinking;
- Compassionate guided imagery and learning;
- Compassionate self-reflection and meaning making;
(And other methods to regulate anxiety; think more clearly and becoming less self-critical and shame prone).