*Currently I am only offering telephone or video sessions via Skype or Zoom due to Covid-19.*
As someone that has personal experience of being a client in therapy and struggling to confront issues in my life, I understand the challenge to take the first step towards change. With this in mind, I aim to consider how best to support you through this process of change or acceptance and face the challenges with you.
I view therapy as a relationship which offers a non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. To be challenged and supported in shifting perspectives and deepening your understanding of self to enable you to accept yourself and/or accept life realities.
I am happy to work with whatever you bring and avoid using the traditional labels associated with mental distress. Instead, I work from an existential perspective which takes into consideration the entire life of a person and how you can live a more accepting and meaningful life in spite of the suffering you may have faced.
To find out if we can work together, the easiest thing to do is get in touch to discuss your difficulties. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am accredited with the BACP and a member of the Society for Existential Analysis. To enhance my knowledge and skills as a practitioner I have taken on development training in; trauma and stabilisation, existential theory in practice, counselling for depression, solution focused therapy, play therapy, emotion focused therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, Individual & Group Supervision.
I specialise in Existential Issues relating to general anxiety, bereavement, loss of purpose in life, feelings of isolation and lonliness.
I work within the NHS and have specialised in trauma services that focus on sexual violence and abuse for many years. I have spent several years in sexual health clinics working to improve sexual dysfunction and other sexual health related issues. I also worked in primary care for many years facilitating change with clients experiencing multiple and varied difficulties. I have particular experience of working with the LGBTQI community and young adults/children from voluntary work I've done through the years.
I have also spent time working with Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) supporting employees through a crisis and in counselling.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
I have a particular interest and actively work with these human difficulties:
- Death anxiety
- Freedom of choice
Concessions offered for
I provide a free 20 minute telephone consultation which gives you an opportunity to discuss your difficulties and needs. You will also get an idea about me as a person and a practitioner which help us to figure out if I am someone you feel comfortable with in therapy. If it seems like we need a longer time to go through this I may suggest a full 50 minute appointment to assess your needs appropriately.
In light of only being able to offer online/telephone work I have reduced my fee to £45 per session. This is to reflect the fact I no longer need to pay for room rental and my passion to offer affordable talking therapy to all. I also offer some concession rates for students or low-income individuals.
There are many types of therapy out there that all follow different theories. Yet beyond all of this the most important aspect of whether or not therapy is effective is the relationship you build with the therapist. It has been widely accepted and researched that the therapeutic relationship is paramount in facilitating change. So I encourage you to consider this aspect above qualifications or the cost of therapy.
Take time to reflect on how well you get on with the therapist, how comfortable you feel with them, after all this is someone that you will be sharing your deepest thoughts/feelings with and paying them for the privilege.