I am a psychoanalytically informed Psychotherapist and Life Coach working with individuals (aged 11+), couples, groups and organisations with a view to either long-term or short-term solution focused therapy. Working with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, anger, mental health disorders, abuse, addiction, bereavement, eating disorders, stress, relationship issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have particular experience working with armed forces personnel.
Training, qualifications & experience
Who am I?
As a professional Psychotherapist I hold the following qualifications:
- MA Psychoanalytic Studies - University of Essex
- Post-Graduate Certificate Freudian Concepts - University of Essex
- BA (Hons) First Degree Counselling Studies - University of Essex
- Diploma of Higher Education Person-Centered Counselling - University of Essex (accredited by BACP)
- Registered Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and as such bound by and adhering to the BACP ethical framework.
- Member of BACP Coaching.
- CPD (Continued Professional Development) training in CBT, Gestalt, Sexology, Relationship Counselling and Coaching allow me to integrate these approaches into my clinical work
- Designated Lead Child and Adult Safeguarding Certificate
My research interests being in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), primarily Combat Trauma; Post-partum Depression and its relation to different parenting styles and the Psychoanalytic approach to Autism.
Prior to moving into private practice I worked as a Psychotherapist within an NHS setting as part of a Community Mental Health Multi-disciplinary Team (CMHT). Here I worked with a broad range of mental health disorders with varied levels of severity.
What is my approach?
My approach is integrative allowing flexibility and fluidity depending on the needs and experiences of the individual client and the direction with which they wish their therapy to take. I am committed to the view that everyone is unique and that different styles of therapy work for different people. I maintain the principle of each individual being the expert upon themselves, with this in mind, I believe that the client is entitled to the approach that best resonates with them and that together we can decipher a way of working that will be the most beneficial.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday and Evening Appointments Available
Clients are required to commit to attend sessions regularly, between 1 to 3 times a week dependant upon circumstances, although breaks can be agreed for holidays and so on.
Please note that there is a strict cancellation policy, the full fee will be charged for sessions missed or cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.
During the initial session we will discuss your difficulties and the reasons you are seeking help. This is for both of us to decide whether we think I can offer you the help you need or whether you may be better helped by another therapist or organisation, in which case I will discuss this with you. This will also be an opportunity for you to talk about what your expectations are for therapy. If we agree to work together then we will discuss arrangements for ongoing sessions.