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CPsychol, AFBPsS (HCPC, UKCP, BACP Registered)

About me

I am a Chartered Consultant Counselling Psychologist (HCPC Registered) and Integrative Psychotherapist (UKCP, BACP Registered). I also work as a Clinical and Academic Supervisor with trainee Counselling Psychologists and trainee Psychotherapists.

I specialise in working with the following issues:

  • depression including post-natal depression
  • anxiety (general anxiety, panic attacks, fears, phobias, OCD)
  • stress/work related issues/negative thoughts
  • repeating life patterns/personality traits
  • post-traumatic stress
  • low self-esteem/lack of self confidence
  • relationship issues/family issues/affairs and betrayals/separation and divorce
  • anger management
  • bereavement and loss
  • addictions
  • feeling stuck in life/life crises
  • complex mental illness including personality disorders, challenging behaviour, psychosis, neurological difficulties and trauma issues
  • psychological traumas

I offer psychological therapy including EMDR sessions to individuals and couples. Sessions are 50 minutes long and are held weekly. Sessions are offered face-2-face or online. I am an approved provider with major insurance companies including AXA, Aviva, Cigna.

I work within an Integrative approach because I believe that there is no 'one size fits for all' approach to psychological therapy. Working as an Integrative therapist means that I integrate various theoretical concepts and therapeutic ideas that help me to understand my clients and choose the best techniques to use in my work that are always tailored to my client’s needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling
  • FCert. in Psychotherapy and Counselling a
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology

I am an experienced, professional and caring practitioner. I have worked within the field of mental health for over 15 years. My experience includes working in a range of settings inclusive of NHS, community based and mental health hospital facilities. In addition, I have been a lecturer and am an examiner on a DCPsych programme at Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BPS

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

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

UK Council for 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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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

I act as an Expert Witness for Criminal/Civil Court/Family systems. In this capacity I conduct assessments and provide medico-legal reports for personal injury, medical negligence, trauma, offending behaviour, capacity, attachment and family functioning, intellectual ability, parental alienation.

Fees

Additional information

Please contact me to discuss costs.

When I work

Fridays 8 am - 5 pm.

Further information

I am an Approved Healthcare Provider with several major health insurance companies including AXA, Aviva, Vitality Health (previously PRU Health), CIGNA which means fees may be recoverable for people who are insured. Different fee structure applies to those who wish to pay for the sessions via health insurance. Please contact me to discuss. Furthermore, clients should check with their provider for more information.

Bedford Consulting Rooms, 4 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3NF

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I offer clinical supervision or research supervision to psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors; both, qualified or trainees.

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