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.
I completed a three part training with an EMDR Association approved provider (EMDR Academy) in 2020. I remain very excited about the integration of this treatment with my existing skill set and believe it compliments my ever evolving approach to counselling, psychotherapy and mental and emotional health and wellbeing. I am happy to offer EMDR as a contracted number of targeted sessions for clients who want treatment for a specific issue and to continue offering it to clients as the need arises in ongoing “traditional” psychotherapeutic work.
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. My recent qualification in EMDR is proving to be bringing just what I had hoped it would to my practice and I am also delighted to have been accepted as an approved therapist with Gendered Intelligence.
The shift to working on-line during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a revelation to me. I have undertaken further training to consolidate my experiences and will be delighted to continue to offer on-line appointments for those who want or require them into the future.
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.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
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 £50 per session.
When I work
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. My evening sessions are currently taken for the foreseeable future.