Welcome. As an Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor of 35 years standing my aim is to help you (individual or couple) resolve your issues as beneficially and harmoniously as possible. Using a variety of therapies I help you interpret more clearly how our thoughts affect emotions, behaviours and health (mind over mood).
I incorporate the use of Counselling, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution-Focused-Brief-Therapy (SFBT), Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery, Gestalt, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Psychosomatic Therapy (for further information about these, scroll down to Qualifications).
Your Needs: You may come to see me individually, as a couple. My aim is to help you, in a non-judgmental way, become more aware of and understand any attitudes and/or behaviours which have been holding you (or your relationship) back. Such understandings open doors to new ways of being which benefit you individually and within relationships at home, at work and socially.
From the start of our therapeutic relationship I listen and, using my non-judgmental professional skills, repeat back to you how I hear you speak in order that you can reflect upon how your own thoughts and words sound and make you feel. The aim is that we work together to widen your perspective about your mental, physical and spiritual lifestyle at home, work and socially. Depending upon what you want to resolve, our work may involve exploring your past as well as your present and future. People have described the ‘talking cure’ like taking a journey. Any journey has to begin with the first step. Therapy is a matter of personal choice. You choose the steps you wish to take.
It is you who decides to begin your journey of exploration and you also decide how long you want your journey to be. Therefore, we work for as long as is necessary to achieve your aims and objectives. Everything we talk about is completely confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist with over 35 years experience.
- I have several Integrative Diplomas and an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy.
- I have a First Class BSc Hons degree in Psychology
- I am an NLP Practitioner.
- I have a Diploma in Supervision
- I have a Certificate in Teachers Training Stage I from City & Guilds.
- I am a Life Coach
- I counsel Boarding School Survivors
- I teach Mindfulness
I am frequently asked the following questions:
What is an Integrative Psychotherapist? It means that I have trained in a number of therapeutic orientations and disciplines in order to offer a lot more choice in how to help you resolve your issues.
What therapies do you practise?
Counselling: a reflective style of therapy which involves the counsellor having an open mind, listening to your history in a non-judgmental way and using skills to help you widen your perspective about yourself.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses upon your thoughts and how they influence your moods, emotions and behaviours. Change your mind and you can change your mood for the better. Change your mood for the better and your ability to lead your life more positively and harmoniously occurs quite naturally, and your confidence within yourself about yourself grows stronger.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) focuses upon goal setting and how to achieve, in your own way, in small stages, a well formed outcome in order to resolve your problem. It is often used to help you overcome unwanted habits, fears, phobias, anxiety, stress and tension.
Gestalt is a humanistic, existential therapy which takes a holistic perspective. It follows a creative and experimental attitude to life and the process of therapy. It is especially valuable in helping you understand how to heal and complete any ‘unfinished business’ and unresolved issues in your life.
Relationship/Couples Therapy: This is a specialisation aimed at teaching listening skills; understanding how we interpret/misinterpret each other; sexual/behavioural/linguistic issues; coming back together or separation/divorce - with the latter in mind particular emphasis on how to care for the children (if any).
Hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness that we allow ourselves to enter naturally many times every day. It is a relaxed, day-dream-like state somewhere between ‘consciousness’ and sleep, during which time our senses and concentration are heightened. Whilst we relax in a hypnotic state we can open our eyes, talk, move around, do anything we want. Using clinical hypnosis as a therapeutic tool allows us to focus on a problem and, using our heightened awareness, ‘look’ for our inner resources, abilities and capacities which are there, but may be ‘blocked’ by misunderstandings, anger, grief, trauma, etc. These ‘blocks’ are set up by the mind which mistakenly believes they will help us survive. Unfortunately, these 'blocks' all too often hinder us in some way.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) A practitioner of NLP uses techniques, interventions and tools that clarify how powerful and resourceful your mind is and helps you find ways to overcome the negatives. Using NLP is the precursor to Life-Coaching. It is an optimistic, forward-thinking style of therapy that helps you achieve the most of your relationships, your career and your lifestyle.
Psychosomatic Therapy (PT) is mind over matter. Many medical conditions (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraine, psoriasis, hernias, heart conditions) are believed to be induced by stressful, worrying thoughts and the physical tension these create. PT helps you learn how to re-order your lifestyle to eliminate stress and achieve a balanced and happier way of being mentally and physically fit.
I practise Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
I counsel those who wish to re-examine their experience of BOARDING SCHOOL: the need to survive there and how, as adults, we may unwittingly still be driven by the pain inherited, and the price that may have been paid, because of the enforced separation from their home life.
I adhere to and practise strictly within a rigorous Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework.
Essential parts of this Ethical Framework are:
- that I keep everything you tell me completely confidential
- that I am properly insured
- that all my work is supervised by another therapist who is a qualified supervisor
that I keep abreast with new research, development and literature
that I upgrade my professional knowledge for a minimum of 40 hours every year.
- Opening and managing an independent practice since 1984.
- I worked for some years as Consultant CBT Psychotherapist at Wokingham Community Hospital
- Working with Employee Assistance Programmes. (Behavioural Health, Motorola, Red Arc, Oakdale)
- I work with young adults, men, women and those from different cultural backgrounds to my own.
- I have considerable experience with relationship, couples and sexual issues.
- I work with borderline personality disorders and all related pathologies.
- I work with long or short term clients.
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.
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
Further Areas of counselling I deal with:
Accident proneness Ageing Issues Agoraphobia
Asthma Blushing Boarding School Issues
Claustrophobia Compulsions (Checking/Cleansing/Tidying)
Divorce/Separation Eating Issues Embarrassment
Examination Nerves Exhaustion Failure Syndrome
Fear of Failure Frustration Guilt/Shame
Habits Hair pulling (trichotillomania) OCD
Indecision/Procrastination Inferiority Inhibitions
Isolation Insomnia Jealousy
Life Crises Maturation Issues Memory
Nail Biting Nervousness Nightmares
Over-eating Pain Control Panic Attacks
PMS Public Speaking Rejection
Shyness Social Fears/Phobias Sports Performance
Stage Fright Tension Terminal Illness
Worry Weight Control
- For individual therapy I charge £50 for every session which lasts for one hour including hellos and goodbyes. (Session times range from 10am-6.30pm)
- For couples therapy I charge £70 per session.
By appointment. I offer sessions using Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or telephone counselling. I am happy to download the preferred digital communication app of your choice.
For further information please call, text or email me. Whilst I am working I rely on my Answering Machine to act as my helper, so please leave your name, telephone number (slowly and clearly) and any message. The machine records your message confidentially, others are unable to hear it. I will return your call promptly and discreetly.