Feeling sad or depressed? Experiencing anxiety or stress? Struggling as a result of a traumatic experience?
I am a professional counselling psychologist offering an empathic, professional and confidential therapeutic service to assist with these and many other emotional conditions.
I believe it is essential to develop a good relationship where you, as the client, can feel the therapist is really listening to your experience. I combine traditional counselling approaches with recognised therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) to help you move through difficult life experiences to a more fulfilled future.
I work with clients for short or longer term according to their needs. I can offer flexibility in terms of appointment times, which can be scheduled weekly, fortnightly or as required to suit the client.
I am based in the peaceful village of Yetminster, which is in easy reach of Yeovil, Sherborne and Dorchester.
Please feel free to contact me for a confidential, no obligation telephone discussion about your specific situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my counselling training in the early 1990s, then I have undertaken further training including a BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc health psychology. I finally undertook an MSc and doctoral level training in counselling psychology to specialise as a British Psychological Society Counselling Psychologist. In addition, I am HCPC registered, a chartered scientist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
I have experience in a range of settings including the NHS, the charity sector, private education and healthcare. Within these, I have worked with adolescents and adults with a range of conditions. In addition, I have provided training and supervision to other professionals. I have been working in private practice since 2007.
I am committed to maintaining high standards; I regularly attend professional development events and ensure I keep up-to-date with effective treatments.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in trauma and anxiety conditions, consequently I am a long standing member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and the Trauma and Abuse Group (TAG).
Session charges are negotiable depending on your individual circumstances and requirements. I request 24 hours notice of cancellations to enable others to make use of the appointment, I reserve the right to charge for late cancellations.
I regularly undertake work for insurance and rehabilitation companies, please contact me for current rates.
When I work
Appointments take place during daytimes and early evenings at a mutually convenient time.
'You gave me the ability to go to places in my mind, which I thought were closed and you made it so easy to do this through your non-judgement attitude'
'Everything has dramatically improved and I feel much more in control and rational'
'I can now say with your help I am in the best place I have been for 15 years.'
Member organisations and affiliations
I am approved by a number of insurance companies including AXA, BUPA, Cigna and AVIVA. In addition, I work for Employee assistance programme (EAPs).