Welcome! Searching for a counsellor at a time when you may already be struggling to cope can seem overwhelming. But in finding the ‘Counselling Directory’ you have already begun to take steps towards improving your emotional well-being and moving towards a better place.
Everyone has times in their lives when they struggle; many of us feel that we cannot admit this to others, and oftentimes we may even have difficulty admitting it to ourselves.
Acknowledging that you need help or support does not mean that you are weak, or self-indulgent, it means that you are ready to make changes and begin to take control of your life.
During difficult or stressful times speaking to someone else about how we feel can help us to clarify things for ourselves, to see things differently, and to gain new insights and understandings. Someone we know, like a family member or a friend may not always be the best person for us to talk to; we may be unable to be completely honest for fear of hurting their feelings, or vice versa, or they may be unable to see things in an impartial way.
Counselling involves talking with a person like myself, who is trained to help you explore your difficulties or distress in a safe way. I will not tell you what you should or should not do, rather we will work together to enable you to gain insight, and a greater understanding of what motivates your patterns of behaviour, ways of relating to others and negative emotions.
My counselling training (see below) was psychodynamic, which means I believe we are influenced by our past experiences and relationships, unconscious attitudes and conflicts. Current distress often has it’s origins in early relationships and experiences, and we have a tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour, even when we would like to change them. Counselling can assist you in becoming consciously aware of unconscious patterns and connections, and this may be all that is needed in order for you to make changes.
As your self understanding increases, we can consider how you might find more appropriate ways of coping, or bring about changes in your thinking and behaviours.
In addition to counselling…
I chose to train in psychodynamic theory after my own experience of seeing a psychotherapist in the 1990’s. It was as a client that I first became aware of the benefits of this approach, and as a result was able to make huge changes in my life.
Following completion of my own training as a counsellor, I heard about and experienced different types of ‘meridian energy therapy’ (inparticular EFT - emotional freedom techniques, and Faster EFT – emotionally focussed transformations) and was so amazed at the changes that these can effect that I have since trained in these approaches also. This enables me to offer clients a huge additional resource, and in combining these approaches with counselling I found that clients were able to make much deeper shifts much more quickly than with conventional counselling alone.
EFT and Faster-EFT have been referred to as types of ‘emotional acupressure’ and involve tapping on different meridian energy points (some of the points used in acupuncture) whilst aiming at negative thoughts or emotions. There is an increasing amount of clinical literature demonstrating that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress (including PTSD); when properly done the underlying emotional factors that contribute to the problem are typically released. Instead of taking months or years using conventional ‘talk therapy’, EFT and Faster EFT can clear old traumas cleanly in far fewer sessions. If you choose, I can teach you this amazingly powerful self-help tool in the first couple of sessions, and you can continue to apply it to all types of emotional debris outside of your sessions, making coping with stressful and distressing incidents far easier and less demanding on you.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a fully insured member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) I adhere to their guidelines and ethical framework, and have completed BACP accredited Advanced and Post Graduate Diplomas in Psychodynamic Counselling withCambridgeUniversity.
I am also qualified as an advanced practitioner of EFT, and level 3 practitioner in Faster EFT, as well as having a Diploma in iET (integrated energy techniques) and being a certificated NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) Practitioner.
In addition to seeing clients privately I also work as a trainer and volunteer counsellor for a local charity providing counselling for adult survivors of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
I work with all issues, and have a particular interest in all types of abuse and trauma, and eating disorders (all of which respond particularly well to Faster EFT).
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
Working with all issues, but specialising in abuse issues, trauma and stress, and eating disorders.
Counselling sessions last for 60 minutes, and usually take place weekly, on the same day and time, although this is flexible.
The initial session is half price - £17.50 – further sessions cost £35
I work from rooms in the CB1 and CB4 areas of Cambridge, and the CB8 area of Newmarket.
I work with clients both face to face, and via the phone and skype, and prices vary accordingly. I have rooms I work from in the CB1 and CB4 areas of Cambridge, and the CB8 area of Newmarket in Suffolk.
An initial session lasts two hours, and in this session I aim to teach clients how to tap for themselves, as well as giving them the opportunity to experience the types of changes they can create with tapping.
This session is half price and costs £37.50 face to face, and £32.50 by phone or skype.
Further sessions last either an hour and three quarters, or an hour, depending on client preference. I recommend the former, as this seems to be both more productive and economical.
The price for an hour and three quarters is £75 face to face (£65 by phone or skype) and for an hour is £40 face to face (£35 by phone or skype)
Some concessionary places are available, please ask for details.