Thanks for visiting my page. I'm a private counsellor and psychotherapist whose aim is to give clients a safe and confidential space - away from their everyday lives - where they can address their difficulties.
I've almost two decades of experience working in psychology and therapy in many different settings, including health, education, the voluntary sector and in private practice. Nowadays I enjoy meeting and helping people from all walks of life and with a very wide variety of difficulties, such as problems in work or relationships, long-standing personal issues, traumatic experiences, or specific mental health challenges.
I describe my style of therapy as 'integrative', which means I try to adapt my sessions to each person's particular personality and needs rather than following one single theory. In doing this I broadly use elements of person-centred work, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic ideas. I think there are many useful approaches and ideas in psychotherapy, but that these are best used flexibly and in accordance with a client's needs in their unique set of circumstances. I like to work widely but, that said, a lot of my recent experience has been with people suffering from anxiety and depression or who have suffered abuse or trauma.
Earlier in my life I was a psychologist and my BSc and PhD degrees in psychology are from the University of London. For many years I was involved in teaching and clinical research and I find this background very useful in my counselling practice today. I believe that therapy works best when there is a genuine collaboration between therapist and client and I try to create a comfortable atmosphere in my sessions, of warmth, respect and genuiness while always maintaining professional boundaries and confidentiality.
Where I work
I'm based near Derby, about two or three miles north east of the city centre.
More about me
Many years ago I did research with adults suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. As a teacher I worked, at different times, with students of all ages, from school pupils through to sixth form and college/university students, (often part-time while bringing up a family). I've recently been doing voluntary work with ex-offenders and acting as a visitor and befriender for people living in secure psychiatric accommodation.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc in Psychology (Birkbeck, University of London, 1976)
PhD in Psychology (Birkbeck, University of London,1980)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice (University of Derby, 2002)
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Manchester Centre for CBT) 2013
Specialist Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance -AQA- 2001)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
£50 per session.
Rates may be higher for couples or other groups.
Generally I work between 8.00am and 7.00pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 8.00am to 12.00 on Saturdays. Other times are occasionally available, though, so please ask.