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I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy for adults in the Marlborough and Hungerford area. Counselling and Psychotherapy are both talking therapies that can help you with a range of emotional problems and mental health issues. I offer a safe environment to help you explore and express your feelings, understand problems you face, or think through changes you may want to make in your life. Therapy can help you cope with difficulties and get the most from your life; I don’t give advice or make judgements about how to change things, but help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the tools that help you to resolve them.
My approach is based on looking beyond symptoms and crises to understand what they mean for you. While we will be working to reduce and eliminate those symptoms, this is often best done by looking at the experience. As one of my clients said, "when you look at bad things they go away". Additionally, we can find meaning from difficult thoughts or feelings, which often point us towards a life that is more satisfying. For example, when working with an addiction we might explore uncomfortable emotions that addiction allows you to manage.
What you can expect
Therapy can take time, as often it is necessary to explore unconscious feelings and attitudes. For example, you may feel anxious or depressed but not know why those feelings are so often present or overwhelming. Therapy is a journey and a single session is seldom enough. I can work with you for as long as it takes.
How we work together depends on the issues you want to explore. Normally we meet weekly at a regular time for just under an hour, either face to face or using Skype. The first session is spent exploring what you want to use therapy for, your history and any impact this has on you. If you decide therapy will help you, we spend five more sessions exploring your issues, reviewing our work together at the end of that period. At that point, we may decide to continue in an open ended fashion until you feel your journey is done.
Contact me now to see if working together could be beneficial for you. You can send an email via this site or call on 07515759587.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis Trust (equivalent level 7). Course accredited by Middlesex University, UKCP.
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling, Psychosynthesis Trust (equivalent level 7). Course accredited by Middlesex University, BACP, UKCP.
Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC). Course accredited by Middlesex University; EMCC, ICF, AC recognised course.
- Foundations in Psychosynthesis Counselling (Psychosynthesis Education Trust)
- Master of Business Administration (Open University, Distinction)
- BA Hons. (Exeter)
I undertake regular professional development training.
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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.
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).
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 per session
Depending on circumstances and your preference, sessions can be face to face, or through Skype/Zoom/FaceTime. Often the initial session is followed by six more, with a review at that point to decide if further sessions are required.
Sessions last an hour and cost £65.
Prices are reviewed annually. I accept cash or BACS payments.
When I work
Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm, but early morning appointments available before normal working hours if required.
My passion is working with people to help make a difference to their lives. To achieve this I use creative techniques, including imagery and creative thinking, so that’s why my company is called “Creative Difference”. I have a special interest in helping people find meaningful life paths. I provide training to charity staff on communication, how to work with vulnerable people, and skills for dealing with challenging or aggressive behaviour. I have a long history of working with vulnerable people myself, including the homeless, young people, and people with histories of addiction, offending, mental health and abuse. I have worked in central London boroughs and overseas in Africa, giving me a deep appreciation of diversity issues and the ability to work with a wide range of people.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (member No. 754854, registration certificate No. 145262), following their Ethical Framework.