For professional and personal reasons I have decided not to continue with private practice beyond the end of August 2020.
In the meantime I will still be offering counselling to clients although due to the corona virus am not able to offer a face to face service, restricting my work to the telephone or via video conferencing (Zoom). I will be able to take on a small number of new clients but on the understanding that this work will conclude by the beginning of September 2020.
As an integrative counsellor I see relationships as key and view therapy as a means of enabling people to bring together and be comfortable with all aspects of themselves. I am able to offer short, medium and long term counselling with adults over the age of 18 in a confidential and safe environment on a range of issues such as
- relationship difficulties
- grief and loss
- low self esteem
- physical, emotional and sexual abuse and trauma
I passionately believe that confidentiality, trust and openness are essential ingredients for a strong therapeutic relationship as is working within an ethical framework.
My private practice is in Saxmundham, Suffolk.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered psychotherapeutic counsellor and have a BSc in Integrative Counselling with Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have over 20 years experience working with both adolescents and adults in other settings on issues such as addictive behaviour, anger and behavioural problems.
I have undertaken additional training and professional development on:
- Domestic abuse
- Working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Transgender awareness
- Telephone counselling
I am particularly interested in working creatively and relationally with clients.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard charge for self funding private clients is £45 for a 60 minute session. The fee is £50 when undertaken on behalf of employee assistance programmes, insurance companies or other counselling that is to be invoiced and paid for in arrears.
I strongly believe that it is important that you feel comfortable talking to me, and that you are ready and able to come for counselling. For that reason I offer an initial consultation (which will last between 45 and 60 minutes) to self funding clients for a reduced fee of £25. At the end of that session you are under no obligation to go ahead with further sessions.