I am an individual and couple psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist, with many years experience working with adults, couples and older people.
I offer a confidential, calm, safe space for us to explore whatever may be troubling you. A relationship problem, a bereavement, or maybe a more general feeling of unhappiness? Perhaps you feel anxious, or low much of the time? Work stress? Maybe early life experiences or difficult memories are impacting your sense of well-being in the present.
The therapy will involve taking time to think about and gain an understanding of how past experiences and relationships may influence how we feel about ourselves, and have an impact on how we manage the inevitable ups and downs of life.
We will look carefully at whatever it is that is causing you distress in your life now, and with the current difficulties as a starting point will journey forward to help you towards a less troubled and more fulfilling future.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- Couple Counselling. National Marriage Guidance Council (later RELATE)
- PGDip/MA Psychoanalytic Observational Studies. Tavistock Centre, University of East London
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Couples. Tavistock Centre. BPC accredited training
- I am a Registered member of ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors)
- I am a member of TSP (Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists)
- I am a member of BACP
- BPC registered
- I have worked as a School Counsellor (11 - 18), for low-cost counselling agencies, in the NHS and in private practice.
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.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). 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
Further areas I work with include:
Counselling for adoptive parents and foster carers. Young and older adult adoptees.
Counselling for seriously ill patients and their carers.
Concessions offered for
£50 per session for individuals
£70 per session for couples
Concessionary fees for students and people on low income, by negotiation.
I work Monday to Thursday, and can usually arrange an initial consultation within a week. At present, due to the pandemic, sessions take place online, via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime.
If you are thinking about taking the first step, I would be pleased to hear from you. You are welcome to ring or email me with any questions you have about counselling, or about the way I work. If you then decide you would like to meet, we can arrange an initial session. This will give us an opportunity to think about what is troubling you, and we can decide together whether counselling is the best way forward for you, or whether a different therapeutic approach would be more appropriate. Also, this initial meeting gives you a chance to see if you feel comfortable with me, and with the way I work.
I hope to be able to help you.