I work with adults of all ages ,(18+ but i will discuss the possibilty younger clients aged 16+) facing a range of mental health, relationship and other difficulties, individually, in couples or in family groups. I also offer individual and group supervision. I have developed experience, in particular, to work with...
- mental health problems such as bereavement and anxiety
- overcoming trauma, including workplace bullying.
- loss and complex bereavements such as because of infant death or suicide.
- young adults who are struggling with identity, independence and life events which can easily derail plans.
- middle-aged and older adults adjusting to retirement, loss of health and parenting issues with adult children.
I see people from the Derbyshire area, Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent at the Matlock therapy centre, 4 Lime Grove Walk, Matlock, DE4 3FD. I can travel to workplaces to offer supervision and training after discussion.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 at Leicester University and I have worked in adult mental health settings until I retired in 2019. I undertook further training as systemic therapist (family therapy) in 1999, because it became clear from years of professional service in the NHS that mental health problems affect those closest to us and they are also very important in recovery. Listening to everyones views and ideas is important to me.
To this end, I have developed skills not only to work with individuals, but also with who is important to them in reclaiming, recovering better mental health and develop better lives for everyone. In the journey of recovery, this means clients must feel free to come together ( partners, parents, adult children, siblings, cousins, and even friends) into therapy for sometimes all or seperate parts of the work. This brings a lot more resources into therapy.
As a consultant clinical psychologist I have led, managed and developed a couple and family service. I did this for twenty years seeing people in the settings of home visits, GP practices, community mental health teams and on wards. In addition, I have trained as an approved systemic supervisor, offering individual and group supervision both face to face and online.
I currently hold posts as an associate lecturer at North Staffordshire and Birmingham University, where I teach on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I also hold an associate lecturer post at Northampton University where I lecture and run group supervision on the Children and Young Persons Improving Access to Psychological therapy course. I have also run summer schools and bespoke workshops on supervision and considering diversity in therapy.
- 2016: Advanced Diploma Systemic Supervision. (Birmingham Chidren's Hopsital)
- 2010: Level 1 and 2 in Narrative Practice.(Narrative Centre)
- 1999: Advanced Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy. (University of Leeds)
- 1992: Masters in Clinical Psychology. (University of Leicester)
- 1987: Masters in Experimental Psychology. (Sussex University)
- 1983: Bachelors of Science. (Hons) Human Biology.(Kings College,London University)
I am registered with the Health Professions Council HCPC,(code PYL22063) as a charterered clinical psychologist and with the British Psychological Society as an Associate Fellow AFBPsS. I am also a registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy UKCP (registration number 00015807).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Complex bereavements including loss due to suicide and the loss of a child. Changes in health which can cause major adjustments, grief and a change in identity and role in relationships (including stoke and dementia). Changes in the workplace, stress and burnout especially in public service jobs can affect personal relationships.
I am particularlydrawn to working with young adults starting off and sometimes struggling with independence, identity, cahnging their relationships with peers, paremts and new partners. Additionally I have alot of positive outcomes when I work at the other end of the life span with couples, families and individuals after retiring. Differences in cultural background in couple work is also an area of growing interest as it can contribute to misunderstandings.
Individual/couples £85 for a 50 minute session.
Families of 3 or more members £100 for a 90 minute session.
All assessment appoinments (first appoinments last 90 minutes) cost is £100
for larger families two therapists may be recommended:fees to be agreed in advance.
Individual or couples therapy appointments are generally weekly or fortnightly, but we can find a pattern that suits you together. Family appointments may be every 2-4 weeks and generally last 90 minutes.
Please contact me by email if you are interested in supervision. The fees vary but individual supervision costs between £45-£65 pounds for a 50 minute session.
For all initial sessions I request fees in advance for the first session and after that to be paid immediatley after each session.
When we meet together what happens?
When you contact me by my mobile phone number I offer around 15-20 minutes to discuss your needs and answer any initial questions before we arrange to meet together at the Matlock Centre in a private and comfortable room. Then we can meet up and discuss your issues and you will also have an opportunity to see how I work and get to know me a little. We can agree goals for the therapy and the issues to work on. Sometimes recovery takes only a few sessions, but equally, we can agree a longer timescale and a useful number of sessions. I encourage people to consider their own solutions alongside offering them. Listening to everyone's views, solutions and respecting everyone's beliefs is an important part of the work.