I offer an initial free 25-minute consultation either in person, via telephone or Zoom. Please contact me for further information.
At times life can feel difficult or even overwhelming. Maybe you feel anxious, low in mood, self critical or have unhelpful thoughts or emotions that are hard to let go of. Maybe relationships feel fraught and hard to navigate. Sometimes life events knock us off kilter or stir up uncomfortable or painful feelings and memories. Asking for support and taking the first step to find a counsellor or therapist can be a difficult one to take.
People seek out counselling or psychotherapy for many different reasons. Often when they are struggling or at a point of possible transition in their lives; when they are not sure how to move forward or feel disorientated and uncertain. Sometimes they may have had difficult, traumatic or upsetting experiences along the way, either recently or in the past; experiences that leave them doubting themselves and who they are, finding it hard to trust others; experiences that make it hard to move forward with confidence.
I provide a confidential and empathic space where thoughts and feelings can be expressed safely. I help clients to explore present difficulties and past experiences and to think about how the two can be intertwined. Psychotherapy and counselling can enable you to free yourself from patterns of feeling, thinking and responding that may have been helpful in the past but are now holding you back.
I offer an opportunity for exploring difficult issues, emotions and thoughts safely in a supportive, empathic environment without feeling judged or blamed. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues that can affect people's lives. I aim to support clients to move forward and work out where they feel changes need to happen and how to reach that place.
I have 25 years' experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, working privately and for organisations such as Respond, Relate and OXPIP. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, negative thought patterns, low self esteem, separation and divorce, domestic violence, suicidal ideation, self harm, sexual assault and abuse, eating issues, trauma and childhood neglect and abuse.
The work we undertake together can be issue based or more explorative depending on your needs. I am integrative in my approach which is underpinned by psychodynamic theory and attachment and early development research and draws on person centred, humanistic, somatic and CBT approaches where appropriate. I believe that I can be most effective by offering you a range of ways of understanding yourself and managing challenges in your life to suit your individual needs. I offer long term work or time limited work. We can negotiate together what would work best for you.
Please call or email me if you have any questions or to arrange an initial consultation.
I am based in Frome for in person work. I am able to provide counselling and psychotherapy to via Zoom if you live further away or this is more convenient.
I am also a qualified and UKCP registered child and adolescent psychotherapist with over 25years experience of working as a therapist in private practice, CAMHS, primary, secondary and special needs schools, for foster care agencies, and for a number of voluntary sector organisations including Children's Society, Relate, Respond and Oxford Parent Infant Project. I can offer:
- counselling and psychotherapy for adolescents
- art and play based therapy for younger children
- parenting therapy/support
- parent/ child work
- Parent infant psychotherapy
- Antenatal work with individuals and couples to support you through pregnancy or even pre pregnancy
Please contact me for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a adult psychotherapist 1992-97. After also undertaking work with children and families for a number of years alongside my work with adults, I undertook further post qualifying training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist from 2002-2006. I am fully registered with the UKCP as both an Integrative adult psychptherapist and a child and adolescent psychotherapist.
I am a qualified and experienced supervisor of counselling and psychotherapeutic work with adults and children and young people.
As well as working privately, I have worked as a psychotherapist in many organisational contexts including primary and secondary schools, CAMHS and voluntary sector organisations such as the OXPIP (Oxford Parent Infant Project), Children's Society, Action for Children, Relate and Capstone Foster Care Agency. I have also worked in these organisations in the roles of supervisor and clinical lead/manager.
I have additionally trained in Theraplay, Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy and in Video Interaction Guidance to support my work with parents, carers and families.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
I offer parenting therapy providing a space for parents to explore their relationship with their child.
I am also experienced as a Parent Infant Psychotherapist offering therapy to parents both pre and post natally.
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£45 per 50 minute session.
Some lower cost places are available for time limited work. Please ask when you call or email me.
When I work
At the moment I have no availability. This may change in the new year
I undertake regular CPD training in line with UKCP expectations. I recieve regular supervision for all my work following UKCP guidelines. I abide by the UKCP code of ethics.