I am an empathetic and highly professional psychotherapist with a wide range of experience in clinical, neuropsychological and counselling settings. I use the most evidence-based techniques to help adults, children & young people better understand themselves, feel less overwhelmed by their problems, develop healthier coping strategies and more positive ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
I work in an integrated but flexible way, drawing on different psychotherapy techniques to find the right approach for you, so that you foster the psychological resources to enjoy better mental health and physical wellbeing. I use the concept of 'positive psychology' as a guiding principle, as this approach centres on those unique factors that 'make life worth living' - happiness (eudemonic), life satisfaction, meaning in life and optimal human functioning. I am particularly interested in the concept of resilience, as it enables you to think and behave in a flexible, adaptable manner and effectively navigate your way through stressful life events whilst still managing to maintain balance and a positive outlook.
Psychotherapy for adults
Coming for psychotherapy needn't be something you only do at crisis point. We are happy to visit a doctor regularly to prevent ill health, and just like a MOT, a mental health check up (MHC) can help keep you on track and prevent much greater problems in the future. Perhaps you're struggling with relationship or career issues or a specific mental health condition. Therapy can equip you with the tools and beliefs to enjoy more happiness, more of the time.
Issues I Can Help With;
- Sleep problems
- Low self-esteem
- Eating disorders
- Suicidal ideation
- Relationship issues
Psychotherapy for children and young people
Bringing children into therapy can be a daunting prospect and it can be upsetting to acknowledge that they might benefit from psychological support. However, whatever issues they may be facing, the earlier we can offer them effective support and treatment, the better, as they will be able to learn the skills and knowledge needed to overcome their difficulties, not only in the short term, but in their life ahead as well.
Issues I Can Help With;
- Anxiety, depression, stress, phobias, low self-esteem and self-harm.
- Academic anxiety including preparation for the Kent Test (11+), SATs, GCSEs and A Levels.
- Development of social skills to create healthy, positive interactions.
- Emotional resilience to help a child to manage and overcome adversity now and in later life.
- Family issues such as the impact of divorce, separation or bereavement.
- Internet, social media or gaming addiction.
- Eating disorders.
- Attachment disorders.
- Other mental health disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Cogmed Working Memory Training for attention problems (ADD) that affect academic achievement.
Feel great; not just ok!
Whatever the issue, I enjoy helping people at different stages of their lives to discover their innate ability to overcome life’s challenges and thrive. I am committed to creating positive mental wellbeing so that my clients can maximise their potential and feel truly great, not just OK!
If you are looking for a therapist who can provide a strong, positive therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect, who can help you successfully resolve your issues, then please contact me to arrange a confidential consultation.
I look forward to hearing from you shortly!
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a First-Class Honours Degree in Psychology & Counselling from the University of Greenwich and have subsequent CPD training on Suicidal Ideation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Positive Behaviour Support, Restorative Justice, Mindfulness Practice, Resilience Development, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Neurodegenerative Conditions.
I have worked with adults within Mind, the mental health charity, the NHS and the private sector at The Priory; and have also helped children & young people with a range of social, emotional, behavioural and psychological issues within the education sector. Additionally, I have successfully utilised the Cogmed Working Memory Training Programme to support children with attention issues, so that they can resist distractions, self-regulate more effectively, build good social connections and perform better academically.
Investing in your mental wellbeing
My extensive experience with adults, children & young people in a variety of therapeutic settings, enables me to better understand human behaviour, a complex phenomenon. This means that my approach is truly holistic and that I have a comprehensive 'toolkit' I can draw on to help aid your recovery.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 Initial consultation (65 mins)
£55 evenings (from 5pm Mon-Fri) and weekends
£90 Initial consultation (85 mins)
£85 evenings (from 5pm Mon-Fri) and weekends
£95 Initial consultation (110 mins)
£90 evenings (from 5pm Mon-Fri) and weekends
£125 Initial consultation (65 mins)
£130 evenings (from 5pm Mon-Fri) and weekends
I am available for daytime, evenings (from 5pm Mon-Fri) and weekend appointments.
My psychotherapy practice is based in Marden, near Tonbridge, Kent. I offer a comfortable, peaceful and private space for my clients to relax during their sessions. I offer daytime, evening weekday and weekend appointments.
Too far to travel? Sessions can be held using Skype!
Travelling to my practice
The Positive Mind Psychotherapy and Counselling Practice is easily accessible from nearby towns and villages via train to Marden, Kent.
Sevenoaks – 25 minutes
Ashford – 22 minutes
Tonbridge - 14 minutes
Paddock Wood - 6 minutes
Headcorn – 9 minutes
Staplehurst - 4 minutes
Then a short 7-minute walk from the station.
My practice is a 20-minute drive from Maidstone and a 25-minute drive from Tunbridge Wells. Parking is available.