I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Society (www.bpc.org.uk) and also a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with Association of Child Psychotherapy (www.childpsychotherapy.org.uk) and with twenty years of CAMHS experience. I also offer supervision for those wanting a psychodynamic approach, and consultations.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy offers a chance to undo patterns of behaviour, or ways of feeling, that interfere with our daily lives. When we find ourselves repeating mistakes or failing to manage anger, anxiety or depression then a deeper understanding is needed. Weekly psychotherapy can, itself, feel a challenge as difficult emotions come to the fore, but within a safe, confidential setting these can be understood and resolved.
I begin with an assessment which may take two or three meetings, with children this may be as many as five. The assessment can itself be therapeutic; at the end of which you will know if psychotherapy is the right way forward for you or your child.
I work with people with a wide range of emotional difficulties and experiences. I am happy to explore on the phone in the first instance.
Since moving to online working as a result of COVID 19, I feel that in certain circumstances this can a helpful way of working and am happy to consider.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Law Degree 1981 (LLB); Psychology degree 1989 (BA);
- Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (Anna Freud Centre, London)
- Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (North East Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)
- Anna Freud Centre from 1994 to 2004
- Consultant Child Psychotherapist with Ayrshire and Arran Health Service from 2005
- Training supervisor for the Scottish Child Psychotherapy training.
- Working with adults privately since 2013
Association of Child Psychotherapists
The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. 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 have immediate availability