Thank you for taking time to look at my profile :).
Here are the 3 areas in which I work, and can offer help to you;
- I specialise in Relationship Counselling; which means that I have expertise (MSc. Couple, Family & Systemic Psychotherapy) and experience in working with individuals, couples, young people and families experiencing relationship problems (NHS, Relate, Schools, Charitable Sector). Check out more details on my website www.wedocounselling.co.uk
- I also provide Supervision with a systemic, couple and family focus
- I provide consultation and supervision to teams to promote greater cohesion and resilience; including supervisees in the NHS, teaching staff in schools & systemic trainees.
- I work with other therapists who have skills that complement my own to offer joint workshops e.g. Mindfulness & Art
I would be very happy to discuss more about what I offer and how I can help if you contact me with your questions and thoughts. I offer a free initial telephone consultation to see if the sort of therapy, that I offer, offers a good fit with your struggles. I offer a reduced rate for our first meeting too, so that you can decide if we will work well together. I am also happy to discuss concessions in situations where there's financial strain. During the Coronavirus outbreak I am working on-line, offering video calling at a wide range of times/days.
Please note that if you are making an enquiry to me via e-mail, I would advise that you keep the enquiry information to a minimum - to best protect your sensitive information. We can discuss why you are looking for help when we speak by phone :)
So here's a little about my experience;
I have worked therapeutically with individuals, couples, families and young people since 2004, in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient services in the NHS and private sector.
People have come to me for help with a variety of issues. Some examples are grief, loss, anxiety, depression, (un)employment pressures, affairs, and sexuality. I have worked with families in which a child has a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and where parents and grandparents have experienced the loss of a child. I have a good understanding of and have worked with, a range of learning disabilities.
I have worked with people who have eating disorders, in the health sector since 2010, working with young people and their families who have diagnoses of anorexia and bulimia in the NHS. I also have provided systemic supervision and consultation in this role, to individuals and teams of professionals, who are trained in different specialisms. More recently I offer well-being support to groups of teaching staff - to build personal and interpersonal resilience.
I am a fully qualified Systemic, Family and Couples Psychotherapist, registered with UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy) and am a member of AFT (Association of Family Therapy).
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Systemic & Family Psychotherapy
Post Grad Diploma in Relationship Counselling
Graduate Cert Couples Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision
Post Grad Cert Education
BSc Hons Psychology
BA Hons Fine Art
Narrative Therapy, Multi Family Therapy, National Eating Disorders training, CBT, Solution Focussed therapy, bereavement, grief, loss (palliative care).
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
First assessment/session @ reduced fee £55.00 for individuals, couples and family appointments)
Individuals (Individual therapy with relationship focus £60.00/Supervision £60.00)
Concessions for all therapies and student supervisees.
Groups/teams tailor made package. Fee on application.
Couples and families often come for fortnightly, rather than weekly, appointments. This gives time, between appointments, for you to work on the ideas that we come up with in our therapy. Meeting fortnightly can also help to spread the financial investment that you are taking in your relationships, and for you to see if there's real change taking place and we are working towards the goals that you want to achieve.
During the Coronavirus Outbreak I am offering Video Counselling Mon-Fri (a.m., p.m. & evenings sessions) using VSee encrypted calling system. I offer a 10 minute free trial.
A bit about systemic ways of working....
Systemic and Family Therapists undergo 4 years of intensive training, after qualifying in their core profession. We are trained to work with a variety of issues - some of these can easily be seen as shared between people, such as couple wanting therapy to decide if they should stay together, or how to manage intimacy struggles or unfulfilled hopes and dreams. I often see individuals on their own, who want to think about unhelpful past relationship patterns and how to go about making more fulfilling patterns in their next relationship.
Equally family arguments (between siblings, grandparents, parents, in-laws) can lead to a lot of distress. Discussing these things safely, either alone or together, is something that a Family Therapist has the skill set to help with! Equally, working with a family can be really useful when one person in that family has been given a diagnosis, such as depression, or anxiety, or dementia. This is because we understand that these struggles can effect everyone in families.
So we can see people individually, or together, or a mixture of the two. This sort of therapy can be helpful for families that want to build closer, happier relationships and manage change, loss and separation by supporting one another better. You can be helped towards identifying your strengths and work towards positive change.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you have any further questions or curiosities.