Psychotherapy helps the person with relationships and other struggles within the self. There are times in life when it can be hard to cope with difficult situations and challenging problems. Psychotherapy can provide a therapeutic encounter where together we can make sense of unwanted feelings and thoughts. Symptoms can be understood as manifestations of distress and their meanings can be explored together with care and respect. The aim is to make life happier, easier to live and invite creativity and growth in the person.
As a group analyst I am mindful of the family, social and environmental context in which an individual is located and I am interested in how their network of relationships has informed who they are and how they experience themselves. Conversation enables connection and the possibility of new thoughts. New thoughts can generate changes in being and behaviour.
Working in a group is often a good way to approach a problem, since group members learn to be themselves with others. The therapy becomes an increasingly articulate expression of feelings and thoughts, which leads to the possibility of intimacy. Group members learn from and help each other. Whilst it may seem daunting initially to be in a group and share, the dividends in terms of learning, connection and belonging are tremendous.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist, Psychotherapist, Group Analyst and Group Analytic Supervisor. I have worked for 30 years in the NHS offering psychotherapy to people with a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, eating-disorders, relationship problems, personality difficulties, trauma and general unhappiness. I have worked with both individuals and group and offered supervision to colleagues and consultancy to organisations. I have recently retired from my role as the Manager/Senior Clinician for a personality disorder service to devote myself entirely to my private practice.
I have published a number of articles and book chapters and regularly offer training to other professionals and colleagues.
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
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.
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
I charge £60 for a fifty minute hour for therapy.
I charge £25 per 1.5 hr group psychotherapy payable one month in advance.
I offer a comfortable and conducive environment, free from noise and interruption where it is possible to safely engage in a therapeutic relationship.
Please telephone for a chat or email to arrange a meeting.