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MA MBACP Relationship Counselling and Personal Psychotherapy

About me

Building a better relationship with yourself means better external relationships. I know this to be true because I have witnessed it happen many times in my years of practice. I work with individuals and couples who want to achieve more satisfying and authentic relationships. You may want to relate in a more meaningful way with the people in your life, or be considering the painful decision to separate from a partner. Or perhaps you are seeking to develop a better relationship with yourself and to understand the life choices you make. 

My practice is based on an integrative approach which means that I draw from a number of therapeutic models and theories. I work in an interactive manner, being as fully engaged with the process as my clients. Much of my work is based in the here and now: we examine the personal expectations and values that shape perceptions and influence choices. Sometimes it is also useful to explore past experiences and how they inform current thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Whether the focus is on the present or past, we draw on the qualities of kindness, open enquiry, curiosity and a dash of humour to foster a greater capacity for self reflection and awareness. A compassionate approach is taken towards even the most challenging issues, for it is only from this non judgmental position that we can begin to have an honest dialogue about the very aspects that cause pain and confusion.

Couples Counselling

Communication When we are in a couple we can sometimes struggle to effectively communicate. In spite of our best efforts to find resolution we get entangled in the same unproductive cycle time and again. This pattern can become entrenched because it is not always easy to get an objective view of how the dialogue unfolds once we are ‘in the moment’. My role in our work together is to shift your couple dynamic in a way that reduces the need to maintain defences, and increases your confidence to speak with greater authenticity. Working with a professional also can give you an unbiased ‘external’ perspective that will help you identify the barriers to productive communication and build on the trust so that sensitive topics can be addressed. 

Attachment Attachment bonds that were formed with early care givers can shape our understanding of the relationships we make later in our adult life. Contrasting family experiences between couples can often give rise to differences in expectations, and sometimes misunderstandings. When each partner examines the meanings behind these experiences, self understanding grows, and the landscape of the relationship is seen from another perspective, with more depth and appreciation for the complexity that we all possess as human beings. 

I hold a Masters (with distinction) in Psychotherapy and Counselling  and am a Relate qualified counsellor with over fifteen years experience helping couples and individuals with their relationships. 

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Counselling and Psychotherapy                                                            University Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling
Relate Qualified Counsellor

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £60.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individuals £60

Couples £75

Concession appointments are £45 (subject to availability)

When I work

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My appointment hours are:

Tuesday - Thursday 8am - 8pm

Friday 2pm - 5pm

Saturday 9am - 2pm

Subject to availability

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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