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About me

I work daytime, evenings, and Saturdays.  

I'm an integrative therapist (humanistic / existential and psychoanalytic) also influenced by the cognitive awareness that comes through mindfulness. However, my practice is influenced just as much by my own lived experience and my doubts about the efficacy of the medical model in dealing with mental health issues.

I've been practising since 2011 and have considerable experience of working both long-term and short-term. In addition to my private practice I've worked in several agencies such as Bristol University, Bath University, and the Carers' Centre with a range of age groups from 18 to 88.

I have a broad spread of experience in dealing with many aspects of human distress and suffering including depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, and problems in relationships. It may be that it's hard to be sure what the problem is: a loss of a sense of who are and what you want from life, or maybe just a feeling of meaninglessness and that something is missing.

It's never too late to come to therapy. You're never too old or too set-in-your-ways to change yourself and your experience of life. There are some very special moments in a person's life when they feel able to change. I believe that there are many more of these moments in therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been practising since 2011.  I'm a Registered Member of BACP and also Accredited - only one in four qualified counsellors are fully accredited.  This is widely regarded as indicating mature competence.

I'm also committed to ongoing learning and have attended numerous courses including studying for several years on a Masters programme in Psychotherapy.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Students of 18 and over and Carers

Fees

From £50.00 to £55.00

When I work

I work afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays.

26 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1RH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme