I offer individual and group psychotherapy in Birstall, Leicester on the city/county boundary, 4 miles from Leicester city centre.
Most of us at some time struggle to cope with the demands life makes on us. We may suffer from depression or anxiety, have difficulties in our relationships or just feel overwhelmed or dissatisfied. We may find ourselves drinking too much or working longer and longer hours and have difficulty finding the right balance in our lives. We may have experienced some kind of trauma from which we find it hard to move on. If you are finding it hard to cope in these or other ways then you might want to consider psychotherapy to help you understand and begin to address what is troubling you.
I believe that we are shaped by our life experiences that can result in repetitive self-defeating patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Only by allowing the time and space to think about and begin to understand the origins of these patterns can we hope to reach some acceptance and to explore other ways of being. Psychotherapy offers a safe space and a supportive relationship in which it is possible to begin to do this difficult but rewarding work. I use a psychodynamic approach which means that I work with my clients to try to reach a joint understanding of the meanings underlying their feelings and actions which were previously unconscious.
As a group analyst my work with individuals takes particular account of the relations of each person to his or her social environment both now and in the past, in his family of origin and within his or her culture.
As your psychotherapist I will give you my full attention and listen and try to understand with you your story and the impact of your life experiences, at your pace. I will apply my knowledge and understanding in order to help you reach a greater acceptance and understanding of yourself in the hope of freeing you from whatever is holding you back from living your life to the full.
As well as individual psychotherapy I also offer the option of group psychotherapy. While many people are anxious about the idea of group therapy, it is well worth considering as it can be particularly helpful in addressing the difficulties we have in relationships with others and in helping us listen to others’ perspectives. As social beings, our difficulties can often be understood as socially created and driven, so it makes sense to try to address these in the safer social microcosm of the group. Most people become very attached to their therapy group and find it a particularly valuable and relevant form of therapy. If you might be interested in joining a group, this is something we can talk about in more detail.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked in the NHS for many years as a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist and led a team providing psychotherapy services. I am experienced in working with both individuals and groups, providing teaching and supervision to other practitioners, and consulting to teams involved in the care of individuals suffering severe personality disturbance. I am particularly interested in the origins of shame and its impact on the developing personality, as well as the benefits of group psychotherapy in this area.
Qualifications and Accreditation
I am medically qualified (MB,BS) and was on the medical register for General Psychiatry and Internal Medicine although I have now retired from medical practice. I have a Masters degree (MSc) in Group Analytic Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Supervision from the Institute of Group Analysis. I am a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am bound by their ethical code and supervision requirements.
It was a requirement of my psychotherapy training to undergo my own personal psychotherapy. This, as well as the privilege of sharing others’ psychotherapy journeys, has confirmed my belief in the value of psychotherapy in helping people achieve greater self-knowledge and wisdom and be able to lead more fulfilling lives.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual £50 per 50 minute session
Group £35 per 90 minute session
Therapy usually takes place once weekly although some people benefit from twice weekly.
I may be able to offer reductions if needed dependent on individual circumstances.
Do get in touch with me by phone (leave a message if I can’t answer straight away) or email me if you want to find out more and I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you are interested in meeting me to think about psychotherapy, I will arrange to see you as soon as possible to find out what you are looking for and to think with you about whether I might be able to help you.
I am currently setting up a new group and welcome enquiries about this. Group Therapy is well worth considering as it can be particularly helpful in addressing the difficulties we have in relationships with others and in helping us listen to others’ perspectives. As social beings, our difficulties can often be understood as socially created and driven, so it makes sense to try to address these in the safer social microcosm of the group. Although people can be nervous of talking in a group, generally people become very attached to their therapy group and find it a particularly valuable and relevant form of therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I try to be flexible and offer both daytime and evening appointments during the week.
Types of client