I believe firmly that in offering a compassionate, non-judgmental and safe environment each client can learn to trust their own experience and feelings. Beginning to talk about yourself and what you are dealing with may feel new or even unnerving, so I am always mindful to work with you at your own pace.
In the process of therapy many different issues may come up for you. There is no pressure to work to a schedule or through any set list. In talking together we have an opportunity to explore, reflect upon and understand more fully how and why you feel the way you do.
Whether you are currently experiencing some crisis in your life, have been through something traumatic in the past, or perhaps are dealing with a more prolonged sense of disillusionment, the space provided by therapy allows us to work through these issues together.
My Experience and Approach:
I have a particular interest in how early relationships shape our experiences later in life. Whilst I work in an integrative way and draw upon many theories, I find psychodynamic and relational approaches in particular offer great insight into how our past can live on in the present. I also pursue research exploring how the changing environment affects our psychological well-being.
In a time of accelerating climate change I believe it is essential to keep in mind the impact of the wider social, political and environmental challenges we are all necessarily affected by. Whilst we may not discuss this explicitly in sessions, I believe these issues will always be a part of how we find ourselves situated in life at any given time.
The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic means that for the time being face to face sessions may not be possible. I am however able to offer online video sessions.
*Update: From June I will also have some availability for in person work. Please ask for more details.
Even outside of current restrictions around meeting physically, there are many different reasons why people may wish to choose online therapy. Many find it more convenient in terms of time, transport, being unable to leave the house, and some even find that it allows them to open up more about certain issues than if meeting in person.
There are various things to consider when thinking about starting online therapy. These include how comfortable you are with technology, whether you can find a private space where you won’t be interrupted during a session, and how easily you feel you will be able to connect with someone who you have not met in person. For more information about these kind of considerations, please take a look at my website and online contract which goes into more detail.
Recent research suggests that online therapy can be just as effective as face to face therapy. As well as following all UKCP and BCPC guidelines and undertaking the necessary trainings they recommend, I also have additional training with the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy which is an approved ACTO Online Training Provider.
Should you decide you would like to begin sessions, please get in touch and I will reply as soon as I am able.
For more details about my approach and experience please visit my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited psychotherapist with UKCP having completed an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling). This course involves an intensive and in-depth approach to study over many years.
Alongside my private practice which has been running since 2013, I have also worked for the SWAN project in Bristol, one of the few places in the Bath and Bristol area which offers the opportunity for longer term low cost therapy.
I am also an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance. (http://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/)
*In addition to following all UKCP and BCPC professional guidance relevant to online therapy, I have also completed additional training with the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Previous Training and Experience:
My professional background is in mental health, having worked for nearly a decade supporting individuals dealing with enduring mental health issues. My previous training includes a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at BCPC, a Certificate in Counselling Skills at Bath College, as well as a degree in Psychology and Study of Religions at Bath Spa University.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Climate and ecology related responses
Concessions offered for
£60 per week.
£35 for initial 50 minute session.
I am mindful that for many people the financial element of psychotherapy can be challenging, and that the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak have lead to a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Please do let me know if this applies to you, as I do also offer a limited number of lower cost places.
Online sessions are mainly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
When meeting in person I work Tuesdays in Bath, Thursdays and Fridays in Bristol.
Subject to change, other times are available.
If you would like to find out more about coming to psychotherapy then please do get in touch.
We can arrange an initial session which is an opportunity to get a feel for how we would work together and to ask any questions you may have.
This session will last 50 minutes, and payment of £35 will need to be made by bank transfer prior to us meeting.
After this meeting you may decide if you would like to book further sessions, which would usually be on a weekly basis.
I work in central Bristol at "The Bristol Talking Therapy Rooms" located in Redcliffe just a short walk away from Temple Meads station.
I also work from two locations in Bath: the Widcombe Therapy Room which is a 5 minute walk from Bath Spa train station, as well as at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) building in the centre of the city.
*During the current situation we find ourselves in regarding the coronavirus outbreak, I am able to offer all sessions online. From June I will also have some availability for in person work. Please ask for more details.