People come to counselling for many different reasons. Some may need to talk over an issue or situation that is causing distress. It may be that things are not going well in a relationship, or it is difficult to shift feelings of anger, anxiety or depression or cope when lacking self-confidence. Others find counselling helpful when faced with specific life events such as bereavement or loss, traumatic events (past or present), or job changes. There can be many situations where people can find themselves stuck and identify areas they would like to understand better and work on.
Talking to a counsellor can be helpful itself and can also help in gaining insight into feelings and identify new outlooks and ideas to help live a more satisfying life.
I have been in practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist since 2006. This has included working in a busy GP surgery for over 8 years, as well as experience in NHS Secondary Care and independent practice.
I work with individuals in brief, medium or long-term therapy and one-off sessions are sometimes available. It is helpful to have a clear focus for the work, and while some people I work with want to work in the medium to long term, others achieve a lot in 8-10 sessions. One of my aims is to do myself out of work ;-)
I am an Accredited Member of the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
While I have experience working with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, bereavement and trauma, I work with clients as individuals to help them gain the insight and courage they need to deal with what they want to work on.
I lead the Certificate and Diploma level counselling courses at Bottisham Village College, Cambridgeshire. As a member of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology I have attended conferences in the US and Canada. I a teach at the International Adlerian Summer School - ICASSI (www.icassi.net) which attracts around 30 participants from over 25 nations each year. Other training plans include leading workshops in Athens, China, Germany, Ireland and Singapore.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is in Individual Psychology, based on the work of Alfred Adler (1870 – 1937). This is a practical, down-to-earth, integrative and creative approach. The therapeutic relationship I work to achieve is based on equality, collaboration, support and empathy. Encouragement is key to the process. Personal growth and development are important in this therapeutic approach as well as linking into personal strengths, resources and creativity. While I am not CBT practitioner, the cognitive and behavioural aspects of therapy are central to the Adlerian approach. Most importantly I work flexibly to reflect the particular needs of the each client I see.
I am passionate about this approach to therapy which is effective and encouraging. Adler has been one of the key influences in therapeutic theory and practice but has not received the acknowledgement he deserves. His work is developed by practicioners and academics today.
I am a qualified counsellor and a Registered Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I hold an ASIIP Diploma in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy, Advanced Certificate in Adlerian Theory and Counselling.
In addition to my counselling training I have carried out substantial Continuing Professional Development each year. This includes Pink Therapy’s Essentials of Sexual Minority Therapy and units in brief therapy, trauma, anger management, working with addiction and with dreams. I also teach counselling through which I further refresh and enhance my practice.
As an accredited member BACP I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure.
Before training in counselling and psychotherapy I spent over 10 years in personnel and training management at British Antarctic Survey.
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.
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
£45 - 50 per (60 minute) hour. (Concessionary appointments for JSA/ESA recipients are fully taken at present).
At present I am offering sessions using Zoom or FaceTime
Next available appointments: Monday 5.15, 6.30pm; Wednesday 5, 6.15pm
I practice in central Cambridge (Riverside/Grafton area) and will resume face to face sessions as soon as this is safe and practical.
Next available appointments:
Monday 5.15, 6.30; Wednesday 5, 6.15
There is parking close by as well as public transport routes.