At a time when you may be feeling overwhelmed, stuck or a bit lost, I recognise that taking your first steps to finding a therapist can be confusing and can even in itself cause anxiety. There are so many of us out here! In my experience a crucial ingredient in successful therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. That’s impossible to tell by simply looking at my photo, so here’s some more information about me, how I work and the process in general. If you feel we might be able to work together and want to know more, give me a call or send me an email.
I am a Bucks and Oxfordshire-based therapist offering short- and long-term counselling and psychotherapy to adults. At the moment, like many people, I’m working online and over the phone. I usually see clients in North Oxford and Thame and hope to return to in-person work soon, but as working online has proven successful with clients, and gives greater flexibility, I will continue to offer this option.
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and am in the final stages of an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.
I have over fourteen years’ experience working and studying in the field of wellbeing and mental health, practising as a therapist for the last six. In that time, I have worked with a wide variety of clients, from all walks of life and backgrounds, in a number of different settings.
The people I work with are generally experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, chronic physical illness, family/relationship difficulties, work-related stress and/or unresolved trauma. Identity and belonging are areas of particular professional interest for me.
How I work
My approach is warm, empathic and non-judgemental. I offer a confidential space in which to build a trusting, supportive relationship where you can feel comfortable exploring the issues, dilemmas and concerns you are facing. I do not offer advice or solutions, aiming instead to work with you, at your own pace, to think about what is happening for you and the personal growth and change you would like to take place.
My training is in Relational Transactional Analysis (TA). TA is a highly accessible humanistic psychology and offers a set of maps for helping us navigate the world alongside others. Some of these maps address relationships and communication, others go underground to look at our internal world, and more still look at the systems and context in which we live – families, organisations and cultures.
What happens next?
You are very welcome to contact me, via email or phone, to book an exploratory conversation about what you are looking for from therapy. It is incredibly important you feel comfortable with your therapist so we will use this time to see if you think there is enough of a connection from which to build. This initial session will last around 30 minutes.
If we decide to work together, we will establish a time for our first full session where we will discuss in more detail what brings you to therapy and the practicalities of when and where we will work.
There is no obligation to continue beyond this first session if you don’t want to. If you do find it helpful, then we can arrange our next session.
Each individual session is 50 minutes long, and 75 minutes for couples.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, with a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, and am currently in the final stages of an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute.
I have six years’ experience working in private practice and low-cost settings, with university students and adults with complex and enduring mental health problems.
I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) and am governed by their Ethical Framework. In support of my work, I receive regular supervision from a highly qualified and experienced supervisor.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial online session
I charge £45 per 50-minute session for individuals, and £70 per 75-minute session for couples.
Please note the initial 30-minute session is free. All sessions beyond that are charged as above.
I maintain a limited number of subsidised places for students and those on reduced incomes.