I am an experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor having been in post-qualification practice for over 30 years. I have worked with very many clients over the years from diverse backgrounds and at different stages of their lives on a wide range of issues with very positive outcomes. I believe that all of us have times in our lives when we are faced with situations that are troubling. Talking things through with friends and family is often enough for things to become clearer but sometimes consulting a skilled professional who is outside your usual network can provide support and help you to gain a fresh perspective and greater clarity about the way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FBACP)
Reg.MBACP (Snr. Accred)
Psychotherapy Training (Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton)
Diploma in Student Counselling (University of London)
BA (University of Newcastle)
I worked in Further and Higher Education for many years originally as a Lecturer then as a Counsellor developing and managing services for students and staff. I have also helped develop training courses for counsellors and supervisors and have extensive experience as an assessor of counsellors, supervisors, training courses and counselling services. I now work exclusively in private practice as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with individual clients and supervisees. Clients come to see me via a variety of routes eg on the recommendation of former clients; referral by another professional or Employee Assistance Programme; self-referral.
My original training was in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy but my knowledge and understanding of people have been greatly enhanced by years of learning from my clients and from many professional development activities. I would now describe myself as an Integrative Practitioner in that Psychodynamic theory informs my thinking but I draw upon very helpful elements of Humanistic and CBT theory and practice in how I work with clients. Above all, I regard each relationship with a client as co-created; we work together to explore and understand whatever is troubling the client and the options open for dealing with the issues.
I am used to working on both an open-ended and a short term basis. Some clients find it easier to commit to their therapy if there is no time limit whereas others prefer a limited number of sessions with a very clear focus. Good outcomes can be achieved in a limited number of sessions. I have worked for many years with various Employee Assistance Providers where clients are referred for a limited number of sessions to work on specific issues very effectively.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £70 per session but I am prepared to negotiate a lower fee for clients on benefit/very low income or for counsellors in training.