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MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), MBACP Accred

About me

A warm welcome. 

Why therapy?

Life can be a complicated business. We can rub along quite happily for years, juggling a successful career with family life, yet feel there is something missing. Or we may have felt from the outset that we have never really known who we are.

Therapy can give us eyes. It can provide just the right amount of freedom to talk about the things that trouble us most; where we can feel heard, perhaps for the first time in our lives. Eventually, instead of being ambushed by our distress, we learn to accept it.  We gain a new perspective, and the courage to seek more satisfying ways of being in the world.

How do I work?

I have a psychodynamic approach. As well as being interested in everyday troubles and triumphs, I also pay attention to unconscious processes - the hidden parts of ourselves that emerge in dreams, as well as in our stories about ourselves and what we do.

I consider that past experiences, particularly early childhood experiences, play an important role in shaping our current thoughts and feelings. These early influences are especially important in the repeated patterns we see in our relationships, including the one we have in the consulting room.

​​​Low cost option

As part of my advanced training, I am able to offer a low cost option to an individual who is interested in engaging in intensive, in-depth psychotherapy, meeting three times a week, for at least 18 months, at a reduced fee.   Ask me for details.

My background

I have been a qualified therapist for many years, with a varied clinical background in GP surgeries, the voluntary sector, therapeutic communities, and low-fee charities. I have worked as a group therapist, counsellor and mental health practitioner in a range of NHS services, both in specialist settings and in primary care.

I offer long and short-term therapy, depending on what you need. Some people stay in therapy for one to two years, sometimes for longer, and some people come more than once a week.

Any questions?

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the type of therapy I can offer you, my availability, and my appointment days and times. Just drop me a line or give me a call, and we can take it from there.

If you ring my practice line on 07930 056412 you can leave me a message, letting me know the best days and times to call, and I will get back to you as soon as I can, usually within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

The majority of my work has been in the NHS, with a varied background in therapeutic communities, a prison, GP surgeries, an addictions service and low-fee counselling charities.

I gained my Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Wigan and went on to study psychodrama at the Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama, systemic family therapy at Parkview Clinic in  Birmingham, and the group analytic approach at Turvey Abbey, Bedfordshire all to certificate level.

I am currently undertaking an advanced clinical training in Jungian analytical psychotherapy. I am a senior trainee of the Analytical Psychotherapy Training (Birmingham) at the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy.

MA (Oxon), BA (Eng Lang & Lit), BSc (Psychol), Adv Dip Couns (Wigan), Cert Action Methods and Psychodramatic Techniques (West Mids Psychodrama Group), Prof Cert Management (Open), MBACP (Accred).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£65.00 per session

Additional information

Individual sessions


I operate a sliding fee scale according to individual circumstances.  I charge for initial consultations.


Initial consultations

An initial consultation is a longer appointment spread over one or two meetings. It is an opportunity for you to see whether you feel we can work together, and for you to ask any questions you may have.

At the end of our time together you should have a better idea of whether this kind of therapy may be right for you, and what other options there may be.

Missed sessions and cancellations

In common with many therapists, I charge for every session, including those that you do not attend, for example when you are on holiday or you decide not to come. This is because the time is set aside for you, and I do not use it for any other purpose.

When I work

Ask me about my availability.

Further information

Codes of Ethics and Practice

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy.

I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) Code of Ethics.

Supervision

I receive regular analytical supervision.

Location

My consulting room is located in central  Cambridge, at 8b Romsey Terrace, CB1 3NH.  It is within strolling distance of Cambridge railway station and there is unrestricted parking to be found in nearby residential streets.

8b Romsey Terrace, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3NH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Stairs to upstairs consulting room.

Additional languages

Conversational French; basic German.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom