My approach to therapy. Underlying all the problems people have is the experience of distress. It is this experience that I can help with. I cannot change your past and the things that may have happened to you but I can help you understand your feelings and help you think clearly about how this can be affecting your ability to enjoy your life now.
I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy for a wide variety of things that include anxiety and depression, relationship problems, isolation, trauma, Long-Term Health Conditions (LHC’s) like Diabetes, heart failure or any other chronic long-term health problem. Helping people to understand their health condition and come to terms with it is a major part of self-care but sometimes things can go wrong and self-care can seem impossible to manage.
I am an EMDR therapist in training and offer this service for anyone where it is appropriate. With your agreement I can integrate EMDR into our therapy work together.
About EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy first put forward for the treatment of Trauma (major events that interfere with the sense of safety and on-going life. Since it was first discovered it has been found to be useful for both major Trauma (Capital ‘T’ trauma like rape, assault, violent events both as victim or witness) and minor trauma events. Small ‘t’ trauma events are often life events that may only have personal meaning but often leave a mark that can be equally painful and have long lasting effects. Loss of pets, jobs or friends can often be very traumatic and have long lasting effects.
Long Term Health Conditions e.g. Diabetes, Heart Failure. Any diabetic (type 1 or 2) can run into problems with self-care and people with any long-term health condition can also have high levels of Anxiety and Depression that are not easily recognised. Anxiety and Depression combined with any long-term health condition is a serious problem that can increase the risk of complications to health.
There are different ways that we can work together. I offer:
Individual Counselling or Psychotherapy
- Brief Counselling 6-10 sessions
- Short Term of 10-20 sessions
- Medium Term (approx. 40 sessions)
- Long Term Counselling and Psychotherapy (By Mutual Agreement)
- Group Psychotherapy
I also offer:
- Individual Counselling
- Therapy for Long Term Health Problems (e.g. Diabetes, Heart Failure, Kidney Failure, Cancer. Any health condition that affects your ability to make the most of your life)
- Staff Support Groups
- Professional Development groups
Email, phone or text me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
2016 to Date - Supervision of Individual counsellors in a group setting.
2011 – 2012 Contracted by Hunts Health GP Fund Holder Consortium to provide a trial of psychotherapy for diabetics with difficulties managing their diabetic self-care.
2011 – to date. Faculty of Education, Cambridge University. Facilitated the professional development group for the child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counselling course.
2009 – 2013. NHS Psychotherapy Department, NHS Mental Health Trust, London. I provided individual and group psychotherapy to patients as part of my Professional Development.
2008 – to Date - Counselling and Psychotherapy in Private Practice with individual and group psychotherapy clients.
October 2008 – Qualified in Group-Analytic Psychotherapy (Postgraduate Diploma). Clinical placement in a Psychotherapy Department in an NHS Mental Health Trust. I provided psychotherapy for individual patients and ran a psychotherapy group for 35 months.
2007 – 2017 Faculty of Continuing Ed, University of Cambridge, Facilitated experiential groups on an adult counselling course.
June 2005 – 2010 Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley College, University of Cambridge. Facilitated professional development group for student counsellors.
1983 to 2015 - RGN with over 30 years of Intensive Care nursing experience. Retired
Training and Qualifications
February 2018 EMDR Level 2
October 2017 EMDR Level 1
May 2017 International Congress on Attachment and Trauma
2015 Short and Long Term Group-Analytic Psychotherapy (Training in 20 week and 2 year time limited group therapy)
2014 – Masters Degree (MSc) in Group Psychotherapy. Dissertation – A Group Psychotherapy Approach to Improving Adherence to Treatment in Diabetes: Developing a Service for Patients and Staff.
September 2008 Qualified in Group-Analytic Psychotherapy. Membership of Institute of Group Analysis (Mem. Inst.G.A.) Reg No: 19820.
September 2008 Registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Reg No: 08160142.
September 2002 – Clinical Supervision course – Homerton College, Cambridge School of Health Studies.
September 2001 completed the Introductory Course at the Turvey Centre for Group Analysis.
February 2000 – Associate of CIPD (IPD No 11578129) - DeMontfort University. (Lapsed Membership)
April 1998 - Cert. Psychodynamic Counselling and Groupwork - University of Cambridge Board of Continuing Education.
October 1995 - Foundation Cert. Counselling and Groupwork - University of Cambridge Board of Continuing Education.
July 1992 - ENBCC 100 General Intensive Care Nursing Cert.
1986 - 2015 Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.) - Retired
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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
I charge £40 for individual therapy sessions.
For group therapy or group supervision sessions, I charge £20.
I can offer reduced fees for some clients on very low income or benefits.
Contact Me - by text, phone or email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you have long-term health problems and are unable to come to me then we can negotiate home visits within a radius of 20 miles of St Neots.