When life isn't what you want it to be it can help to talk things through with somebody objective, who can help you understand what is going on, what is holding you back and how to move forward. That is what I am here for.
The first session
The most important thing when choosing a counsellor is that it's someone you feel comfortable with. To help you find out, I offer a free 15 minute phone or zoom chat so that we can meet and talk about what you want from therapy. I'll also tell you more about how I work. This will help you decide if you think we can work together.
How I work
I see the work as a journey where we uncover the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are unconsciously running your life. Often these have been strategies developed in childhood that you are still using now. Sometimes they can be useful, sometimes not. In understanding them you can get back in the driving seat and decide what is most useful to you here and now.
I work using a theory called Transactional Analysis. Our basic principles are that everyone can learn and change. I work as your ally and objective partner, using my theory to put words to some deeply held feelings. We will work together to gently understand the things that are keeping you stuck. I will walk the difficult path with you towards a place where you are more consciously in control of how your life works.
Training, qualifications & experience
A Certified Transactional Analyst, I hold a masters degree in Psychotherapy and am an accredited member of UKCP, IARTA and EATA. I also hold a couples therapy qualification.
I have worked with adults, adolescents and groups on issues such as relationships, depression, low mood, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, identity issues, childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, grief and existential crises.
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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 for individual therapy (once a week for 50 minutes)
£80 for couples therapy (once a week for 75 minutes)