Becoming our "true self", or recovering from what has been done to us in our pasts, can be a sticky, messy and scary business. It can bring fear - and can also be intensely satisfying and rewarding, as those behaviours and patterns that have perhaps held us back from a deeper or healthy experience of the world become redundant as we grow and develop.
Practicing from both East Devon and Bristol, I have been a therapist for 16 years and a supervisor for 11. I have extensive experience of working with individuals and groups. More recently, I have been moving to work with couples. I have an addictions specialism and work with trauma and depression/anxiety. I am very interested in working with psychosexual issues.
I am an "Integrative Relational" therapist - which for me means that I integrate theoretical models from a variety of orientations to work in a way which is real for me and (I believe) helpful to my clients. (These orientations would mainly be Person-Centred theory, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis and some CBT, Mindfulness and Psychodynamic theory). I also like to work in a creative way with other media and believe in listening to the body and somatic experience in the room.
The most important thing for me as a therapist is being real, being utterly honest and transparent and not sitting on my hands and waiting passively for a penny to drop. I feel I aim always to be prepared to be in a real relationship with my clients. I guess this typifies who I am as a therapist - I am prepared to take risks relationally with my clients, to work safely with great care and (I hope) non-judgement and kindness. Of course, I allow my clients space and time to explore themselves and they direct where we go and what we look at. However, I am not willing to pay only lip service to the process and will only work with clients where there is a two-way commitment to the work and where change is truly sought and desired. I am always happy to be challenged by my clients and enjoy working collaboratively and with passion.
I work in a trauma-informed way with a variety of presenting issues including addiction (including alcohol, narcotics, other drugs, sex, pornography, gambling), depression and anxiety, eating disorders and abuse. I am proud to truly believe in equality for all genders and sexualities and am a feminist.
I usually work in longer-term relationships as I find this work rewarding. However, I do enjoy focused and committed short-term work.
Training, qualifications & experience
In my professional roles, I have several hats: I am the Project Leader for The Swan Project, Bristol - an addictions agency in the city which specialises in working with alcohol, but which will not turn away anyone we feel we can help. I have been there for 16 years, working as a therapist, supervisor to other therapists and group worker. The agency has up to 48 counsellors working for it at any one time. It is a very special, independent agency and is precious to me and who I am. Compassion sits at the core of all we do and these values underpin who I am as a therapist.
I also hugely enjoy offering Reflective Practice/Group Supervision for the staff at Bristol Drugs Project, who work with a wide range of addiction issues. This organisation achieves a great deal in difficult times of austerity and I am proud to support and encourage the work that their staff achieve with such vulnerable and precious clients.
I have had a private practice for almost 15 years and have worked with a wide variety of presenting issues. In this practice, I supervise the private practice of other professionals and see one-to-one clients and more recently, couples.
I hold a degree in English Literature, an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I am working towards a Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships.
I am working towards my British Sign Language Level 2 and though I am not fluent yet in this beautiful language, would look forward to working with clients who use this beautiful language in the future (Deaf/deaf or HOH). However, I utterly support the Deaf Community and would not wish to take paid work away from Deaf/deaf therapists and would need to establish I was the right therapist if approached to work in BSL and with the specific client's presenting issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I wish to also support people from marginalised communities, such as those who are visually impaired, Deaf/deaf or Hard of Hearing.
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Couples therapy is chargeable at £55 per session.
Individual therapy is chargeable at £50 per session, though I do hold some concessionary spaces. If full, I hold a waiting list for individual therapy spaces.
Supervision is chargeable at £45 per session with a minimum frequency of an hour per month.
Sessions conducted or using BSL would be charged at a concessionary rate, following consultation.
It's important to me that I am the right therapist for the people I work with. I tend to use the first session to do a brief assessment and then see if we both feel we can work together, see if I have the right skills and experience and to create a safe space. I also like to review the work we do together regularly, to make sure it is meeting my client's needs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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East Devon I work on Thursdays. Some couples slots are available at weekends. In Bristol, I have some availability on Tuesday afternoon and one "early bird" slot at 8am on Monday.
Types of client
Supervision & training
My supervision is Integrative and Relational and I am passionate about supporting the safe, ethical good practice of my supervisees.View supervision profile