As a therapist I provide a safe, confidential space, where you can talk about yourself and your life. This may be painful or confusing and may make you feel uncomfortable, angry or unhappy. I will listen to the way you feel and how this affects you and others. I will work hard to create a good therapeutic relationship with you so that we can work well together. I understand that it is not always easy to talk about problems and to express your feelings so I will accept the way you are and I will not judge you. I will work with you towards improving your well-being and to help you to make the changes you would like to happen.
As an Integrative Psychotherapist I believe that one size does not fit all. This means I am prepared to consider opportunities offered by different theories, models and interventions and to blend them to suit you as an individual. Integrative Psychotherapy also refers to a holistic approach during which we might rediscover an aspect of yourself or your life which has become neglected or forgotten in the turmoil of existence. Thinking about this in therapy might help you take it forward (re-integrate it) through your life in a different way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy which is accredited by the BACP and qualifies me to register and work as a psychotherapist.
My path to psychotherapy began when, still a student nurse, I undertook additional training in counselling. In 1996 I completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills and have found this invaluable during more than 20 years of practice as a registered mental health nurse. My mental health nursing education was particularly focused on working with families and concepts of recovery and wellness and I have spent most of my career as a community mental health nurse.
I also have a qualification in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and have a good working understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). Achieving an MSc in Personality Disorder in 2006 demonstrates my ability to understand and work therapeutically alongside individuals with multi-faceted presentations and complex and often traumatic life histories.
I completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Interventions in Practice in 2001 which enabled me to integrate skills and knowledge from the fields of substance use and addiction into my work in mental health. These include Motivational Interviewing, problem solving and understanding how individuals resist or embrace any process of change.
Undertaking my psychotherapy training gave me the opportunity to work in nursing care with people at end of life, with people with dementia and with those patients’ families. Delivering pre and post bereavement therapy at a local hospice complimented this and helps me draw strength and courage from those experiences and has reinforced my compassion.
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
The first appointment is free and an opportunity for you to decide if we can work together and for us to agree the contract for our work.
Subsequent appointments are one hour each and charged at £40 per session.