I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist who for the past 25 years has worked with people going through a variety of emotional difficulties, (including depression, anxiety and stress) in a variety of settings including the NHS, two university counselling services, and several local authorities and charities. I also teach and supervise trainee counsellors at the Counselling Foundation in St Albans.
It might be that you are in the midst of a particularly stressful life situation such as a difficult relationship, or that you are struggling with past experiences which are having a negative impact on your life. Or perhaps you are experiencing painful or puzzling feelings whose source is not immediately obvious.
In any of these situations, I would pay close attention to your concerns, fears and personal story, engaging with you in a series of creative and therapeutic conversations, with the ultimate aim of helping you to understand yourself better so that a way forward can be found.
During my career, I have enjoyed working with individuals from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Having counselled students at the University of Hertfordshire for fourteen years, I have a particular interest in working with young adults (aged 18 plus) and the challenges they may face - whether these are specific difficulties, (e.g. problems with focussing on study) or more general issues relating to self-esteem, identity and independence. I also have particular expertise in working with individuals adjusting to parenthood, in working with women experiencing fertility issues, and in working with those who act as carers for family members.
I am able to offer either time-limited or open-ended therapy, depending on your needs and circumstances. I offer an initial consultation, which would be an opportunity for us to think together about what might be most helpful for you, and for you to get a sense of whether you would like to work with me.
I am based in a quiet, confidential setting, within walking distance of the St Albans City Station, and currently am working with clients on Zoom or on the phone. I take confidentiality extremely seriously, adhere to the BACP’s Ethical Framework, and am fully insured.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- BA Hons in English Literature from the University of York (1994)
- MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling (Dist) from Birkbeck College, University of London (2006)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision, from The Albany Centre (2020)
- I have also undertaken some training in the following areas: Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Compassion-Focussed Therapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£50 - £80 per session, depending on time of day and frequency of sessions.
I occasionally have lower-cost spaces available for those on a low income. If you are in this situation, please feel free to get in touch to discuss this with me.
BACP Accredited counsellor since 2009
Formerly the editor of professional journal Psychodynamic Practice, and currently a member of their editorial board.