Choosing a therapist is quite a step. You want someone you can trust and feel comfortable with, who will listen, understand, support and help. The first session is an opportunity to explore how it would feel to work with this therapist - trust your gut response.
My approach draws on a range of different therapeutic methods. As well as talking, we might expand into working imaginatively or symbolically to give voice to difficult feelings, resistances or fears, longings or disappointments.
Sessions also involve working with possibilities for change and growth, acknowledging and drawing on your resources and inner qualities, helping you heal and move forwards.
I have worked as a psychotherapist in private practice for over twenty two years.
Training, qualifications & experience
I bring over twenty two years experience as a transpersonal therapist, beginning later in life after studying Literature and working for many years in travel, the arts, design and business psychology. I spent a number of years living and working in France and the US.
The five year, part-time training in Transpersonal Psychotherapy at CCPE in London (www.cccpe.org.uk) was eclectic and experiential. Whilst building on the foundations of established therapeutic theory the course was process led, very much focused on “nursing the soul” and opening up the possibilities of working creatively with visualisation, the mind's eye and trusting the body as a powerful source of wisdom.
Underlying the Transpersonal is a belief that current challenges in one's life can present an opportunity for growth, that in the wider context of our lives there may be repeating patterns to learn from. Limiting beliefs and assumptions are to be examined, the erratic mind to be observed and trained. There is a trust that we have the inner resources to help us become who we truly are.
Since gaining a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 1997 I have also completed a Diploma in Coaching (Distance Learning, University of Newcastle) and a Certificate in Contextual Couples Counselling (Re-Vision, London). As part of my ongoing professional development I have completed a three year training in Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (www.pbsp.com). It is fine work, creative and allowing, building on the plasticity of the brain, subtly healing developmental deficits and creating the resources to live better in oneself.
I am listed with some Health Insurance Providers, and am also an affiliate with several Employee Assistance Programmes.
I divide my time in private practice between two locations:
The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, W2/W9 (www.ccpe.org.uk). CCPE sits between Paddington station and the pool of Little Venice. Located in a tall Georgian building, it is a training centre as well as a venue for therapy.
North Oxfordshire (OX25). I work from home in a peaceful, rural village, 12 miles north of Oxford.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£60 - £80
Location: When you make initial contact, it would be helpful to know which location you prefer so I can advise on my availability - thanks.
Payment: I accept cash or cheque at the end of each therapy session, or BACS transfer prior to the session.
Cancellations: Please give 24 hours notice of cancellation otherwise the full fee will be payable.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday afternoon and evening in London W2. Wednesday and Thursday daytime and evening in Oxfordshire.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|