NHS and Police Psychotherapist
I am now able to offer tel/skype/facetime sessions including skype text. I am also available via email.
Where we begin:
in the first session our starting point would be to explore what has brought you to therapy at this time in your life and what you feel you want from the process, we would then look at what changes are needed to help you remove any obstacles from your path. When you contact me you might feel anxious or distressed and it may feel difficult to make sense of your situation and we can discuss this to give us a focus on our work.
How we might focus our work:
Life and relationships can throw immense difficulties and challenges at us which can be very distressing and this can be accompanied by painful feelings and emotions; by being alongside you and using my skills I am hopeful that we can explore your unique world at a deeper level to gain understanding and meaning. By gaining insight we are crafting an authentic response to the world which gives us the potential to move in a direction in life that is uniquely yours.
How we might work:
The past can haunt us and impact on our present existence. You may want to focus on managing difficult thoughts and feelings that affect the way you behave, or you may wish to work through past problems to look for a solution to the areas of your life that you feel they affect today.
We can tailor therapy to your specific needs and although you may not have a particular preference in how we work, this can be an organic process that may take us into different areas that we would look at as appropriate to you making it a more 'personal' style of therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my journey into counselling in 2009 when I took a level 1 counselling and communication course, I continued my learning and completed my degree in Counselling at York St John University in 2012 and went on to complete my post graduate degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2014. Since then I have completed training and development in couples counselling, transactional analysis (TA 101) and existential approaches and I am currently in the process of further TA training, leading to training at an advanced level.
I am a certified Advocate having worked for York Advocacy and completed my Advocacy certificates in 2015 and I have experience of and certificates in working with people who have Autistic Spectrum difficulties.
I have experience of working with young people in a high school setting and a college setting in the first 3 years of my training, I then worked briefly for York Mind as a volunteer therapist before taking up my current position working as a subcontracted therapist for the NHS where I work with adults.
In my current setting I work with depression;generalised anxiety disorder
anxiety;panic disorder; family issues; phobias; suicidal thoughts; self-harm and a range of disorders. I also work as a therapist within Humberside police force.
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 work in a very relational way and use a combination (integration) of Existential and Transactional Analysis therapies.
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I charge £45 per session and these are 1 hour in length. For couples the fee is £60 for 75 mins.
Concessions available for students and those on low incomes (by agreement).
Please leave a message and I will reply as soon as I am available to do so.
First session (assessment) is free and lasts up to 30 mins as this is for discussion of your needs and to see if you feel we can work together or if therapy feels right for you.