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.
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 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
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The search for meaning in life
Issues around creativity and arts performance
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
£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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|