As a psychodynamic counsellor, I believe our earlier life experiences persist in affecting our ways of behaving, relating and feeling in the present, and in ways which are sometimes unconscious. Whilst our pasts may be a key to understanding ourselves better, good counselling should help us make changes that allow us to live more fully in the here and now and influence our futures.
Our relationships and attachments are extremely influential, and I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is fundamental to productive counselling work. I will offer an initial assessment session to get to know you, understand your background and any specific areas you wish to address. Importantly this will also give you an idea of what counselling with me will be like. I believe that therapy can be a useful, rewarding and enjoyable process for those who want it, but it can also feel difficult and is therefore a commitment. So this session will also give space to discuss envisaged length of therapy (I offer short, mid and long term) as well as cost and frequency of sessions.
I am open, friendly and supportive of different cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Dist) BACP Accredited Course.
In addition to my training as a psychodynamic counsellor I undertake regular CPD and additional training. Some recent trainings undertaken include drug and alcohol awareness, dual diagnosis, safeguarding, LGBTQ affirmative practice, motivational interviewing and trauma informed therapeutic approaches.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also specialise in working with young adults (18-25).