Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Perhaps you're having problems with anger or aggression, addiction or trauma. Perhaps you’ve suffered significant loss or bereavement or you’re living with a life-limiting condition or illness. Maybe you just want to understand yourself and others better to improve your sense of wellbeing. Whatever your reason for looking for counselling or psychotherapy, it’s the beginning of a journey through which you can grow and develop and make personal changes to benefit you for the rest of your life.
How I work:
I work psychodynamically, seeing clients for 50 minute sessions on a once weekly basis, at the same time and on the same day of the week. This traditional process helps build a sense of security and predictability into the work that facilitates the building of a deeper relationship, within which more difficult experiences can be reflected upon and worked through.
When contacted, I arrange to meet clients for an initial assessment in order that we can agree the basis of our work together, including the time and day we will meet each week from then on. Once we've agreed this, I work with clients for as long, or as short, a period as necessary to achieve their goals, reviewing progress along the way as appropriate.
What is psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy?
My core training is as a psychodynamic practitioner, which means I believe that experiences in our past (both good and bad) tend to affect the way we experience life in the present. Mostly these past experiences do not interfere with our ability to fully experience the present; however, sometimes, these experiences have a significant and often unseen or misunderstood negative impact upon us.
Working through negative past experiences with a qualified practitioner, examining our emotions and those of others around us along the way, can help us understand ourselves, our history and our context in a way we simply could not do on our own.
In most cases I have found that working through experiences together with clients, no matter how difficult in some cases, has resulted in benefits for them. These benefits range from simply feeling better in the moment to longer and more deeply felt changes that pervade a client's sense of wellbeing on a more permanent basis. This experience helped them make changes that will help support them through future difficulties and enable them to experience the best of their lives in the present.
My Consulting Room:
My consulting room is a quiet and discreet room based within a larger office building in the town centre of Northampton alongside All Saints Church. This space offers great access whether by foot, cycle or car and is close to local amenities and shopping. There is parking in the street outside the office but this can be quite busy during the day. There is also parking in nearby roads and car parks and even free car parking within a 5 - 10 minute walk.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSC (hons) Mathematics
- MA in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have experience of working with people who were anxious or depressed or suffering from recent or historical traumatic events. This includes working with those who've suffered physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, in their lives.
I have also worked with people suffering loss or bereavement and people with life-limiting conditions or illnesses as well as those nearing the end of their lives through natural causes.
In some cases, the people I've worked with simply wanted to develop themselves and their understanding of their emotional experiences to improve or maintain their sense of wellbeing, or perhaps to improve their work experiences and/or work/life balance.
As a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I believe strongly in practicing ethically (Please see the BACP ethical guidelines at: http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/).
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
My fees are £45 per session however, I am able to offer a limited number of concessionary sessions in relevant circumstances (Please contact me to discuss your requirements in this case). All fees are payable on the day by cash or cheque.
Sessions are available starting between 9am and 11am on Tuesdays and starting between 10am and 7pm on Wednesdays.