Finding the right therapist for you is as much about their style and personality as their qualifications. On becoming a therapist I thought a lot about what qualities have been important to me during my times spent as a client: warmth, approachability, open-mindedness and the ability to laugh with me, when appropriate, all scored highly. So I endeavour to bring these qualities to my own practice.
I work integratively, which means I can draw from different theories to suit each individual client’s needs. I am particularly influenced by attachment theory, internal family systems and relational/compassion/mindfulness based ways of working. I have further training in the treatment of trauma. I regularly engage in continuing professional development, and keep abreast of the latest developments in psychotherapeutic theory so my clients can benefit. I am also a contributor to The School of Life's films and toolkits.
I have experience working with a range of people of different backgrounds, professions, sexualities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages.
They type of things I can help you with include:
- Anxiety and panic attacks.
- Chronic worry, rumination and intrusive thoughts.
- Low self-esteem.
- Something you feel you can't share with anyone else.
- Relationship/interpersonal issues.
- Sexuality and sexual identity issues.
- Trauma - PTSD and Complex PTSD.
- The impact of bullying.
- Feelings of being trapped in a cycle of unhelpful or destructive behaviour.
- Loss or bereavement.
Before becoming a therapist, I did a first degree, MA, worked and still work in the arts. I bring to my practice an understanding of the pressures a creative and/or competitive job can present, as well as a passion for art, film, tv and literature that also informs my thinking. I have lots of experience working with people spanning professions from the arts to finance, who despite being perceived as successful, struggle with feelings of never being 'good enough.'
One of the major components of successful therapy is the client/therapist rapport. It’s important you find the right therapeutic relationship for you. When that clicks, therapy is an amazing opportunity to gain insight in to your feelings, affording you more self-compassion, freedom of choice and the real possibility for change. The first session is a chance to see what working together feels like with no obligation for you to continue. If you do choose to move forward, we will then generally arrange sessions once a week on the same time/day each week.
Due to the current situation I have moved my whole practice online (Zoom/Skype etc.) I know sometimes people wonder if they could build the same type of relationship with a therapist online. I have lots of experience of working in this way and would answer with a resounding yes. This is also borne out by the research which has found it to be just as effective as other forms of therapy.
Contact me by phone 07946 830402 or click here to send me an email to ask any questions you might have about starting therapy or to arrange a first appointment.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Registered Member
- Advanced Diploma from CPPD
- Diploma from CPPD.
- Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD.
Recent Continuing Professional Development
- Working with the Neurobiological legacy of Trauma (Janina Fisher|) - Pesi.com - (ongoing)
- Neurofluency, using neuroscience in therapy - Therapist Uncensored 89
- The Clinical Application of Compassion - NICABM
- Treating Trauma Master Series -NICABM
- A Missing Dimension in Traditional Therapy - Pat Ogden - Sensorimotoronline
- Working with Core Beliefs of 'Never Good Enough' - NICABM
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - how can therapy help? BACP - CPD Hub
- How To Work With Clients Emotional Triggers - NICABM
- Practical Skills For Working With Clients Who Are Angry - NICABM
- Applying Theories of Grief to Practice - John Wilson - BACP - CPD Hub
- Is There A Hierarchy in Grief? - Julia Samuels - BACP - CPD Hub
- Cultivating a Fearless Heart - Tara Brach - NICABM
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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I offer a free initial 15 minute telephone consultation.
£65-80 Sliding scale
I have a limited number of concessionary places available.
I am currently accepting new clients.