I am a supportive and caring professional who enjoys helping people find their inner strengths and resources. Most people find me approachable, non judgemental, honest and open.
Life, today, with the current pandemic is leaving many people feeling anxious and struggling with overwhelming feeling or thoughts. You might be experiencing depression or low self confidence, struggling with family issues or problems in relationships. Talking to a psychotherapist can help you make sense of your life and the difficulties you are experiencing. Sessions also provide practical strategies for reducing anxiety, managing panic attacks and building self esteem.
I work with children, teenagers, adults and professionals. I offer a range of choices for therapy. This can be online sessions or walk and talk sessions which can be a helpful alternative. Weekly therapy can be a valuable resource in supporting you to feel more in control of you life, a space to explore the underlying reasons for the problems you have. It is a supportive relationship which can help build inner strengths and resilience.
It is important to choose someone that you feel comfortable with and that has the expertise to help you. An initial session will help us decide together whether we are on the right fit. Research shows that it is the relationship between therapist and client that is the most significant reason why therapy works.
I have been working in this field since 1995. I am an experienced Child & Adult Psychotherapist, registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I
I also offer an experiential therapy that uses horses in the outdoors. This is an international recognised team approach that helps people find their own solutions to problems in their lives. I offer this approach in North Cumbria on a Thursday.
To find out more about this approach www.changeways.co. uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Adult & Child Psychotherapist, registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I have over 25 years of working with people who have experienced emotional distress, trauma and developmental neglect.
I started in this field as a youth worker in the 1990's, training in person centred counselling and working in a youth enquiry service. I went onto work in addiction for a local charity where I was introduced to Transactional Analysis (TA). I started training in 1999 to become a psychotherapist. I qualified as a Certified Transactional Analyst in 2008.
TA is a theory of personality, human development & relationships. This approach provides understanding of the causes of human distress; how early experience shapes people's lives & the choices they make; and how to facilitate an environment of change.
I went on to develop an interest in trauma, when working with children in residential care. I trained in somatic trauma therapy with Babette Rothschild in 2005, gaining a diploma. This training brought my focus to the body and how trauma effects our physical health. Trauma creates sensitisation of the stress response symptom that controls our central nervous system. People can experience tension, physical illness and/or disconnection from their bodies and emotions. Helping people reconnect with their inner world is an important part of how I work. I am interested in polyvagal theory, somatic experiencing, meditation and how the natural environment can help reconnect us to who we are..
I have worked in a wide range of settings - youth work, addiction, residential child care, therapeutic communities, charities, private practice, staff development & with groups.
I also offer an experiential approach that involves horses in the outdoors. This is an effective alternative to talking therapies. It works well with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced developmental trauma. It can be powerful approach with groups and teams. It is a team approach and very much a partnership between my trusted equine specialist Olivia and a number of horses. I started training and using this approach in 2005 when working with high risk teenagers. I am Advance Certificated with EAGALA, Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association - this is their highest level of certification.
This approach is available at Denton Hall Farmhouse, North Cumbria.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I enjoy supporting parents and helping change to happen within the family.
From £60.00 to £95.00
Concessions offered for
My fees for face to face psychotherapy are £60 for a 50 minute session.
I offer walk and talk sessions £65 per hour. Therapy with horses starts from £95 per hour.
Supervision is £60 per hour. Group sessions are £75 per hour.
Group facilitation starts at £75 per hour.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning
This is available at Denton Hall Farmhouse, Low Row, Brampton. Find out more https://changeways.co.uk
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in Dumfries. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at Low Row, Brampton, Cumbria on Thursdays.
I have an interest in trauma and how overwhelming stress impacts on the body. I encourage people to notice their inner experience and get curious about holding patterns in the body. This can help ease physical symptoms and bring underlying emotions to the surface.