VIEW OF COUNSELLING / PSYCHOTHERAPY: As an integrative counsellor / psychotherapist, I see the client as a unique individual living within a wider context of community, society, culture and world. We each have our struggles, dilemmas, painful memories and anxieties, but we also have the potential to change at least how we deal with them and relate to them, and the meanings we find in them. Counselling and psychotherapy provide opportunities for you to talk about issues of concern to you, to explore your feelings, values and life choices, to increase your awareness, and to expand your repertoire of ways of viewing and relating to yourself, others and the world.
WAY OF WORKING: Being integrative in outlook, I draw from various approaches in counselling and psychotherapy. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT (a third wave CBT approach), gestalt and psychosynthesis. Mindfulness is central to how I work – mindfulness is noticing, allowing and being with whatever you are experiencing, without judging it. In addition to dialogue, counselling and psychotherapy with me can also involve experiential work, role plays, guided visualisations and dreamwork. I may suggest books or websites for you to read.
I offer FACE TO FACE, TELEPHONE and ONLINE counselling and psychotherapy.
SUPERVISION: As in my counselling and psychotherapy work, I am integrative in outlook. My philosophy of supervision is about providing a balance of supporting and challenging supervisees and to explore their work from different angles and perspectives, encouraging supervisees to reflect and grow as counsellors / psychotherapists. I can offer supervision by phone or online as well as face to face.
WORKSHOPS: I also run workshops on such themes as our relationship with time, beginner's mind, assertiveness and other topics.
ARTICLES: Articles by me have appeared in Therapy Today journal: Time in Our Lives and Beginner's Mind. I have also written book reviews for Therapy Today. My article on 'having' and 'being' modes in relation to self and non-self in existentialism and Buddhism has appeared in Existential Analysis and an article by me on crazy wisdom has appeared in Hermeneutic Circular.
Training, qualifications & experience
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY QUALIFICATIONS:
MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling (integrative)
Post-MA Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
Foundation Certificate in Counselling
Introduction to Counselling
Post-Qualification Diploma in Counselling Supervision
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
VARIOUS SPECIALIST TRAININGS INCLUDING:
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Psychosynthesis and transpersonal psychology
Equine Facilitated Therapy
Level 2 training in ONLINE COUNSELLING (course created by BACP and the Open University)
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (2009)
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (1992)
EXPERIENCE AS A COUNSELLOR / PSYCHOTHERAPIST:
As a counsellor / psychotherapist I have experience of working with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress (including work-related stress), bereavement, loss, illness, trauma, sexuality, cultural issues, family and relationship difficulties. I also have experience and an interest in working with autistic clients such as those with Asperger’s. I am interested in working with anger and other emotions through mindfulness, as well as in issues of meaning (e.g. in the contexts of ageing and ‘mid-life crisis’) and in creative ways of working with dreams. I am particularly interested in exploring clients' spirituality and their relationship with time.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The search for meaning in life
Issues around creativity and arts performance
£60 per session.
Concessions available, according to your circumstances.
OTHER EXPERIENCE AND INTERESTS:
From before my counselling and psychotherapy training I have a scientific background too, with a BSc in Theoretical Physics and an MSc in Astronomy, and I also have extensive experience of teaching in adult and higher education, working with students from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I have previously lived in three other countries and have travelled widely in Europe, Asia and Latin America. All this has contributed to my appreciation and understanding of different cultures, and some knowledge of other languages; I speak French as a second language and Turkish as a third language. Other interests include poetry, classical/world music, art and astronomy.