I am a qualified/registered psychodynamic counsellor/therapist offering support to individuals and couples struggling with various issues. I have 18 years of experience as a counsellor and offer short term and open ended counselling. Within my practice, when appropriate, I combine Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and approaches, particularly useful in dealing with certain issues like phobias or fears.
Over the years, I have been amazed at people's power and their strengths and commitment to overcome any difficulties. I believe that each individual has got the capacity to change and improve their life and I always welcome the opportunity, through counselling, to support them to do that.
I have worked in the mental health and disabilities fields for over 20 years now and have full knowledge and understanding of the difficulties people face when they experience challenges in their lives, both from the point of view of those living with mental health issues and those who have experienced episodes of ill mental health due to changes in circumstances or life events.
Over the years, I have supported people who were depressed and anxious, people who have felt unable to cope, individuals and couples who have experienced relationship issues, loss, crisis, other major life changing events, like redundancy/job loss, those with addictions and eating disorders. I have also worked with people who want to use the counselling for individual growth and development.
I run my practice Monday to Saturday and can be flexible around the appointment times and offer daytime and evening appointments too.
I offer both short term and open ended counselling to individuals and couples:
Short term counselling can be accessed for a particular issue, or if the client does not want to commit to open ended work. It's particularly useful to those people who have had counselling in the past and just want to revisit some of the work and reinforce any skills learned. Short term counselling can be available for 6-12 sessions.
Open ended counselling/therapy will give the client more time to explore any issues, particularly those deriving from their childhoods. It gives the opportunity to make connections and look at patterns of behaviour, as well as explore the unconsciousness. The number of session can be discussed and agreed as the therapy progresses and there will be regular reviews.
Initial assessment: The first session will be an initial assessment; this is an opportunity for the client to see how they feel about the counsellor, ask questions, explain their situation and background and decide whether the type of counselling and the approach is right for them. This session could last up to 1.30 hrs. Consequent sessions are 50 minutes each and run on weekly basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of BACP and abide by their Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework.
My qualifications include:
WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
WPF Certificate in Intake Assessment
WPF Certificate in Time-limited Psychodynamic Counselling
Psychopathology training (including technique)
Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy- CBT training (including Assessment and Formulation x 2; Working with Depression; Working with Panic and Social Anxiety; Working with Health Anxiety and OCD)
Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills x 2
Counselling Couples - a series of workshops
Working with Children and Young People- a series of workshops
Essential supervision skills
Working psychodynamically with clients on the autistic spectrum
I am committed to my own self development and have attended various conferences, workshops and many more training sessions over the years.
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
£45 per session for individuals
£55 per session for couples
Initial assessment: £55
Concessions can be discussed.