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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
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.