I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychodynamic psychotherapist offering a safe, confidential, reflective space for you to explore emotional or psychological difficulties that might at this moment seem insurmountable.
My training is within the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic/Jungian tradition. I receive regular supervision for my work.
In therapy you will be invited to reflect thoughtfully on your current difficulties, to explore memories of childhood and to pay attention to dreams you may have. The therapeutic relationship that emerges between us will provide the opportunity for transformation and healing to occur.
The goal of this approach to psychotherapy will be to encourage the process of individuation; a journey towards greater authenticity, self-awareness and psychological flexibility.
The intention is to help create a richer, more creative life, more open to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by your relationships, your work and your passions.
I have a particular interest in the relationship between psychotherapy, spirituality and the arts. I am drawn to the work of dreams, the wisdom of folk tales and mythology, the complexity and beauty of natural forms, and the cycles of change found in the natural world.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling with Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have also trained with the Association of Independent Psychotherapists (AIP) and Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (AGIP)
I am registered with and a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I provide clinical supervision for palliative care nurses working in a local hospice, and have training in running Balint style support/supervision groups. I also run a dream group and teach both Jung and the Independent Tradition as part of the Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy Training. I have also devised and run a number of courses exploring the ideas of Jung as well as workshops on working with dreams.
I have worked for many years in the field of community mental health.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
For an initial consultation and for subsequent ongoing weekly sessions I charge a standard fee of £45.
My consulting rooms are in central Bristol; there is plenty of nearby parking. There is wheelchair access to the ground floor, but toilets are situated on the first floor. The rooms I use are in a building rented out for use by a number of therapist and counsellors, making it a safe and quiet place in which to work.
I also work in the Practice Rooms in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. This is a centre for therapy and holistic healing.