I am a qualified psychotherapist, with an M.Sc. in psychology and psychotherapy, working primarily within the existential model. I also use the techniques of CBT, solution-focused brief therapy and transactional analysis where appropriate.
My approach is pragmatic rather than theory driven, with the aim of supporting the client in the most effective way possible to explore their situation and bring about positive change. On a personal level, I bring to the therapy room my long experience of life and its difficulties, and a philosophical perspective that draws on existentialism, Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism and Epicureanism.
I have worked with troubled young adults and in bereavement work, and with adult survivors of childhood neglect or abuse. I have a particular interest in men's issues, as, in my view, men do not always get adequate support or understanding of the unique way/s that they deal with problems.
To me, the aim of therapy is to change what can be changed, and to learn how to cope with what cannot be changed. Therapy is a collaborative exploration of the client's life-world, not a didactic process.
So, what happens when you come for counselling?
After making contact, we would set an initial appointment. At this session, we would discuss your needs—what you want to get out of counselling. I will explain what it is that I do (what this whole counselling thing is about) and we will work out what the goal is. Then, if you choose to proceed, a contract is signed; this outlines my responsibilities to you and vice versa. If you decide it's not for you, that's not a problem. The session fee still applies.
You can also decide whether you want long-term support or would prefer a briefer, time-limited plan; this is often chosen as a way of keeping financial costs down. I don’t impose a rigid structure on therapy, but retain flexibility to meet your needs as best I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an M.Sc. in psychology and psychotherapy from the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London, Britain's premiere existential training institution.
As a counsellor, I have worked with young adults in a school setting, with bereaved people in a Hospice setting and adult males in a prison. I also have 14 years experience in my previous career as a Registered Osteopath, from which I draw my pragmatic, problem-solving skill-set and holistic perspective on suffering.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40.00 per hour.
I offer concessions to people on low incomes, but this has to be negotiated in advance.