What is your background?
After a career in the City, I trained in psychology as a mature student, and I started practising as a psychologist in 1996, working in the NHS, including GP surgeries, community mental health teams and hospitals in Essex and East London. I currently practise in a comfortable, private room in a converted chapel in the historic market town of Coggeshall. Alongside my counselling work, I have an academic career, and am involved in research, supervision and training.
What can you offer me?
I offer a down to earth and flexible approach to counselling, in a confidential, empathic and non-judgemental space, to help you with what is troubling you.
Appointments are normally face to face, but I am also able to offer Skype or phone appointments. Each session is for 50 minutes and sessions are usually on a weekly basis, however I am happy to offer flexible appointments at intervals that work best for you.
What if I'm not sure it's for me?
If you’re not sure whether psychological counselling is for you, please phone me for a free of charge, confidential conversation. And there is no obligation to commit to any particular number of sessions. It may be that you would like to come just once to test the water or discuss how psychological counselling might work for you.
How do you work?
I will tailor my approach to you, depending on your particular needs and preferences. I mainly use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), however I am a pragmatist at heart, so I will integrate other evidence-based methods in order to do what works best for you. I use a goal-orientated approach, to ensure that I stay on track with what you want to achieve from therapy, whether this relates to short-term goals that lend themselves to briefer therapy, or a longer term, more in-depth exploration of long-standing issues. I see therapy as essentially a collaborative, problem-solving relationship and my emphasis is always on promoting your autonomy so you take charge of your life and make the changes you want.
So how can therapy help?
While life can often be rewarding, sometimes it can feel less straightforward. We are subject to fears and worries, external pressures and are often constrained by negative self-judgements, criticisms and self-limiting beliefs. Sometimes we become overwhelmed and lose perspective, and it can seem hard to get back on top of things. This is when therapy can help. By identifying the problems and the obstacles that get in the way, we learn to develop greater compassion for ourselves and adapt to changing circumstances, finding new ways to manage our lives.
What motivates you?
Basically, I value people and I care about them. My sense of purpose as a professional comes from using my own particular style to help people value and care about themselves. With renewed confidence in our own strengths, we can become more authentically ourselves, liberated from self-limiting beliefs, and living the life we choose.
What do I need to do next?
Feel free to give me a call, or drop me an email, to discuss how I can help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BSc Hons)
- Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (MSc)
- Post-Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (Post-MSc)
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)
- Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)
- Affiliate Member of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
- Registered Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)
- Chartered Scientist (CSci)
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are for 50 minutes.
If you are self-funding, face to face, phone or Skype sessions are charged at £70.
I am also registered with all the main health insurance providers, including BUPA, AXAppp, Vitality Health, Cigna, Aviva, Simply Health, WPA.
I ask for payment to be made at the end of each session, either by cheque, cash or direct bank transfer, unless details of insurance cover are provided.
Sessions are confidential. Your personal privacy is very important and my chief concern is respect for you and your wellbeing. I will discuss confidentiality with you in our first session. I adhere to the HCPC code of conduct and BPS code of ethics and conduct.