I'm retired from a 27yr career as therapy director of an NHS funded, residential therapeutic project. So I'm very experienced and now offer confidential counselling and psychotherapy to clients in private practice, helping with the kinds of problems that can arise in anyone's life. For instance, bereavement or a relationship breakdown can feel overwhelming and there is no need to be embarrassed about seeking help.
Some clients are mainly interested in their own personal growth and I'm happy to work with that as a goal. I believe learning and growing is a lifelong project. None of us are fully realized people even in old age.
I have a special interest in issues arising from anxiety and stress of all kinds at work and contribute to Employee Assistance Programs sponsored by client's employers.
Mindfulness meditation is something I do for myself and also teach.
I was a trainer and supervisor of student therapists for many years, but now prefer to focus on the work I've always found most satisfying, which is all about problem solving and personal growth.
Clients find in me a gentle and sympathetic listener and my role as a therapist/counsellor is to help and guide towards psychological health and clarity.
I work from a comfortable room in my home that's dedicated to counselling and therapy.
It's hard to make that first step when you're feeling vulnerable and confused, I understand that and do my best to make it as easy and comfortable as possible to get started.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications are; BA Hons (Modern Studies) 1976; Post Graduate Certificate of Education 1979; Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) 1998.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.
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
I offer a short introductory session of about 30mins with no charge. This is so that you can ask questions about what to expect and I can ask some basic questions about the problems you might be facing.
After that I charge £46 for an hour and If you're unemployed or otherwise in need of a concession we can discuss that in the short introductory session.