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BA Hons, Mst (Oxon),MBACP, UKCP Accred

About me

Much of what we do we do without knowing why. Psychodynamic therapy can help when things go wrong and you find yourself in yet another mental cul-de-sac. Sometimes life seems full of wrong turns and troubled relationships and you wonder, 'why me?' I can help you explore your deeper unconscous motivations and work with you to find a new way forward. It may not feel like it right now, but life can get better.

I also offer supportive counselling in a calm, confidential environment for the times in life when you just need someone to come alongside you while you live through a period of sadness or loss. This may be the death of somone you love, the break-up of a relationship or the everyday anxieties of growing up or living in a competitive world. Through all this I can provide a reassuring presence when you are troubled by unspoken tensions that are difficult to share with family or friends.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my informal training in counselling skills 30 years ago as a volunteer with Central London Samaritans. Subsequently I have volunteered with the mental health charity, MIND and Barnado's Support4Parents scheme.

For the past 7 years I have been involved with Child Bereavement UK supporting both adults and children with the death of someone important to them. Since 2013 I have also worked as an honorary counsellor for two low cost services in the community and also in a school in Oxfordshire.

My formal training was initially in Psychology and arts at Leicester University and I subsequently gained a Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Practice at University of Oxford. I now practice as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Accredited by the UKCP and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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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

Attachment difficulties

Existential/life crises

Fees

From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sliding scale based on ability to pay

When I work

Evenings 6-9pm Daytime 10 am - 4pm. Please contact me to discuss current availability

Further information

Short and long term contracts available

Adults and young people

Piddington, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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