I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a full member of the Guild of Psychotherapists and registered with the UKCP. I have been working in the therapy field for 20 years having initially trained as a pyschodynamic counsellor. After many years working in private practice as well as in primary health care settings and the voluntary field, gaining experience in both short-term, time-limited and longer-term on-going therapy, I decided to train further in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I also completed a supervision course at the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) and supervise two groups in a local counselling centre where I am also Clinical Lead. I also offer supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors in my private practice.
I offer psychotherapy and counselling to individuals experiencing a diverse range of difficulties. The therapy that I offer is a minimum of once-weekly but depending on people's needs, I also offer more frequent sessions and offer the use of a couch, but this is by no means compulsory. Please see my website for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Some years ago I enrolled in a course which gave a taster of the different psychological and counselling theories and I was very drawn to the psychodynamic approach, very much exploring the unconscious and early experiences and how these impact upon our lives. In 1997 I began to study for a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and followed this with worked at a counselling centre, initially working long-term with clients on a weekly basis. I also had the opportunity to work within the Primary Care Trust. I then decided to train further in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Guild of Psychotherapists in London and although I mostly work as an analytic psychotherapist I aim to practise in the way most suited to a person's needs.
Registered / Accredited
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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 normally offer an initial session so that we can meet and discuss what has brought a person along to therapy and to see whether we are able to work together and if the therapy that I offer is the right one for the individual. Although the initial session does have to be paid for, it does not bind that person to continue with me.
Sessions are normally 50 minutes in length and the fee is £55. Some concessionary fees may be negotiated, depending upon financial ability and frequency of sessions.