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BA (Oxon), MSc (Mdx), BACP Reg

About me

We all have the power to bring about change in our lives. Starting therapy can be the first step on that journey.

​I have more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor offering integrative therapy which means I can adapt the way I work to fit you, your needs and what you are looking for. I work with a wide range of difficulties including:

relationship issues, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, trauma, loss, separation, family issues, identity ( personal, sexual and gender ), sexual difficulties, infertility, work life, parenting, personal development and life change. Most recently, I have experience of the impact of Covid and Long Covid.

I also work with counsellors and psychotherapists in training.

With a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy (MSc), I bring together aspects of psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioural approaches. But I know that ultimately the key to the success of our work will be the kind of relationship we build together. I am registered and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP.)

As well as my private practice, I have many years of experience in the NHS, in Higher Education and the voluntary sector in the UK and the Middle East. From my base in Farnham (Surrey Hampshire border), I currently work online and by phone with adults and young adults here and abroad.

Before training as a psychotherapist, I had a career as a journalist in international news and current affairs during which I lived and worked in France, the Middle East and the United States.

I know it can be hard to reach out for help and will do my best to make the process as easy and comfortable as I can. I am happy to talk by phone before meeting and to answer any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training:

My psychotherapy training was a four-year integrative masters programme which included experience of working with severe and enduring mental health issues. I have taken further courses to continue my professional development in a range of areas including various models of short-term work such as CBT and ACT, relational therapy, stress management and trauma, mindfulness, working with self-harm, gender identity, with university students and in group and coaching work.

I am an Associate and Instructor of Mental Health First Aid and regularly deliver training courses to organisations as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor training staff to be mental health first aiders.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts Hons English Language and Literature (Oxford University)

Masters Degree Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)

Qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Mental Health First Aid)


Experience:

I have worked for many years in private practice, the higher educational sector, the NHS and the voluntary sector with young adults, adults and couples, on a range of issues including: anxiety of any type including generalised anxiety disorder, stress, depression, trauma, relationship issues, loss, separation and divorce, family relationships, identity (personal, sexual and gender), women’s issues, infertility, work life, parenting, social difficulties, personal development and life change.

Prior to my psychotherapy training, I worked for many years as a news and current affairs journalist for the BBC and national newspapers in London, Paris and the Middle East.



Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£75.00 per session

Additional information

I am happy to chat by phone before we meet and answer any questions you may have about therapy and the way I work:

£75 Individuals

£110 Couples (Longer session)

I work with BUPA.

Concessionary (low income) slots are sometimes available.

When I work

Daytimes

Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8NZ

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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