I am an experienced psychodynamic, psychotherapist, working in Bath, offering short term and open ended therapy to men and women over the age of 18years. I also do some time limited couples work. I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.) and a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I offer a safe, confidential space in which you are able to talk about your problems, and explore feelings in a non judgemental, caring environment. I offer weekly sessions, lasting 50 minutes.
My skills include working with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, family issues, early attachment difficulties, such as difficulties following adoption and fostering, childhood abuse, affairs and betrayals, self harm, low self esteem and management of long term illness. I am happy to work with people in, or considering, residential care, and Carers of elderly people. I am willing to work with the emotional aspects of addictions, but the physical addiction needs to be addressed first, within a specialist agency. I am also happy to work with problems related to the spiritual life of the individual.
The way in which I work acknowledges that there is an area of the mind which is not known about consciously, but which can, nevertheless, influence the ways in which we think, feel and behave. Part of our work together may be to explore old childhood experiences and feelings, and think about how these may still be having an effect on current situations. The way in which we were treated by parents, teachers, and others in authority, may continue to effect our adult relationships, and cause us to behave in ways that are now unnecessary or unhelpful. Once we begin to see how the past is still effecting our lives, different choices become possible, creating a new sense of freedom and release from tension, in which past hurts and anger can start to heal.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed six years of training, with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and two of its affiliates, culminating in an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling with the Wessex Counselling Service (granting a once weekly Psychotherapy qualification).My training involved ongoing intensive personal therapy (over ten years in all). I am a training therapist for BCPC.
I also have a foundation in Systemic Family Therapy.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.) and a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I worked for six years at the Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre, in central London, and have a background in community social work, During this time I offered a service to unsupported single parents, those recovering from mental illness, dementia sufferers and their Carers, and homeless people.I have experience of working in multicultural settings. I also have a background in performing arts.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The complicated dynamics of step families and step parenting. Early attachment difficulties, separation and loss caused by adoption, fostering, divorced parents, bereavement and similar situations. These difficulties may include physical symptoms which cannot be explained medically.
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My standard fee is £45 per session. I am sometimes able to offer concessions in cases of financial hardship. I charge half the normal fees to cover client's holidays, ( for up to three weeks per year.)
Bath consulting room
Counselling rooms at the Bath site are on the first floor, and reached by stairs. Disabled access may be possible if planned in advance. Access by trains and buses is good, and there are nearby car parks.
The first meeting is an assessment session, and is a way in which I can get an idea of what you are hoping for and you can decide whether or not you would feel comfortable working with me. Occasionally I may feel that some other form of therapy would be more appropriate, and this would, if necessary, by discussed.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Counselling rooms at BCPC are up one flight of stairs, on the first floor. However, if advanced notice is given, there is the possibility of arranging a ground floor room.
I am not taking on new clients at present
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|