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'Calm seas do not make skilful sailors.' Experienced therapist working with individuals and couples.
Whilst we may not welcome the inevitable uncertainties and difficulties of life, nonetheless they present opportunities for personal growth and development.
With thousands of hours of experience as a therapist, I've found that my hopes and aspirations for my clients are well placed.
Whatever brings you to therapy - a crisis or a longstanding sense that life could be better - therapy is ring-fenced time just for you. To explore and make sense of things and of who you are. To identify, challenge and change your entrenched, self-defeating patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. To recognise and to utilise your strengths.
Couples counselling - The breakdown of our intimate relationships may be so gradual we simply adapt and labour on in a sort of quiet despair. Until there is a crisis and a wake up call. Couples counselling allows for exploration of relationship difficulties and space to make decisions about how to move forward into the future. The aim of therapy is to aid honest communication at a time when you may both feel in turmoil and uniquely vulnerable.
But couples therapy doesn't have to wait for a crisis. I've often heard, 'We wish we'd come to couples therapy years ago!' Indeed, effective and timely counselling can help you to resolve those endless circular arguments and disputes, and to renew and recreate your partnership for a more contented future together.
My training background - I am trained in an integrative approach to psychotherapy. This means my approach is flexible and adaptable, and recognises that people are complex and their lives complicated. In addition to a rich academic background in developmental psychology, my rich life experiences also inform my practice.
EAP/Organisations - I have experience of working successfully with referrals from EAP/Organisations and charities. Enquiries welcome. Current DBS Certificate. Registered with ICO.
Confidentiality - It is in the nature of the counselling process that clients often disclose deeply personal details of their lives. To safeguard client confidentiality I do not add your name or other identifying details to my notes. In addition, I do not store sensitive client information on my computer.
Training, qualifications & experience
Awarded 1st Class psychology degree, University of London (1996). Awarded doctoral degree/PhD (2002) - research into children's early linguistic and cognitive development.
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2014)
Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Couples Counselling (2016).
Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology
Regular CPD training including: Neuro-diverse relationships - neurotypicals and ASD/Asperger Syndrome partnerships: recognising the unique challenges of neuro-diverse relationships. Conscious Uncoupling - helping people through separation and divorce. Working with Survivors of Sexualised Trauma. Psychopharmacology and Therapy - understanding the pros and cons of anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medication. Trauma - The Body keeps the Score - understanding how trauma memories are stored in the body as well as the mind. Remote therapy via Zoom/Skype/Telephone;
Lives of Quiet Desperation: Working Therapeutically with Men. Understanding how men are constrained by unhelpful stereotypes of what masculinity should be; the negative power of The Boy Code (eg.big boys don't cry/if you don't stop crying I'll give you something to cry about/man up).
I have worked in a wide variety of environments, from secretarial roles in both the public and private sectors, to teaching psychology to post-graduate students.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Practice.
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NB: I respond promptly to email inquiries - please check your junk folder if necessary. Or happy to discuss your inquiry on the phone, if you prefer.
Regular sessions are of 55 minutes duration. Individual counselling per session: £50; Couples counselling per session: £70
LATER EVENING APPOINTMENTS: for a 6.00p.m. or 7p.m. (with some flexibility) start charged at £70 for individual; £90 for couples session.
Please contact me directly, by phone or email, regarding availability.