Choosing a psychotherapist is a very personal step to take. Finding someone you can trust and feel comfortable with, who will listen, understand, support and help.
I have worked as a psychotherapist for over 18 years, primarily with individual adults and also with couples and young adults - 16 years and above.
My approach draws on a wide range of therapeutic methods. As well as talking we might explore using imagination and body symptoms drawing on your resources and inner qualities to express difficult feelings, resistance or fears, longings or disappointments.
I work from from my own private practice room in Clifton Village, Bristol. There is free parking outside.
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing a degree in Psychology at Warwick University in 1992 began working life in London, raising money for a charity. I began my psychotherapy journey at the same time, a five year part-time training in Transpersonal Psychotherapy at CCPE in London (www.ccpe.org.uk). Both eclectic and experiential this approach builds on the foundations of established therapeutic theory with process lead work. Focussing on the soul and opening up possibilities of working creatively with visualisation, the mind's eye and trusting the body as a powerful source of wisdom.
The Transpersonal approach looks at the recurring patterns that interweave all our lives from conception onwards. Exploring the past and understanding how it impacts on our present choices gives opportunity for new ways of being ourselves and good mental health.
Throughout this five year training I worked full time in the West End and then The City, firstly for a charity which sparked my interest in working with children with Special Needs, and then for a provider of Employess Assistance Programmes where I developed skills in addressing large groups of employees from the board room to the factory floor.
Once achieving my diploma I decided to further my training with an MA in child, adolescent and family therapy from a transpersonal perspective. The programme was challenging both intellectually and personally, combining both the integration of theory and practice, with the demands of self reflection and openness to personal and spiritual growth. During next few years I started up a group for parents and pre-school children with Special Needs, bringing people together to play and socialise. This led to my collaboration with a parent of a son with autism and the creating of a weekend group for the siblings of children with Special Needs.
As part of my on-going personal development I have most recently and for the past four years been part of a closed Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor group (www.pbsp.com). This has been a life changing personal experience, bringing me further clarity as to my own issues and past. I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the techniques and philosophies experienced with this approach and bring these into my own practice.
I am currently undertaking training in EMDR.
I am BUPA and Aviva registered.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60-£80 per session. Hour sessions for individuals; hour and a half for couples/families.
Payment: cash, cheque or BACS.
24 hour cancellation policy.