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I have 20+ years experience as a Psychotherapist, Psychologist and Counsellor offering short-term and long-term therapy to individuals and couples. I have provided therapeutic support to adults for a wide range of psychological issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, substance misuse and recovery, PTSD and bereavement counselling. My main area of work is with adult survivors of childhood abuse, young persons and couples.
Relationships form an integral part of our lives. A satisfying intimate relationship is good for our emotional and physical well-being. Couple therapy can highlight to couples and individuals why they behave in certain ways. Managing conflict within a relationship can be challenging. Learning to manage conflict can be an opportunity for growth and change, leading to a more fulfilling and satisfying relationship.
For many years I worked for a charity offering long-term counselling to adult survivors of childhood abuse. I worked with individuals and facilitated a women's self-help group. The violation of children's bodies, especially by people in position of affection and authority, create deeply held difficulties with trust, intimacy and dependency. These difficulties often continue into adulthood, affecting future relationships with partners, families, and friends. The emotional pain suffered often leads to difficulties with work, and/or many of the psychological disorders mentioned above.
I have also worked in a residential rehab in Thailand for Westerners seeking intensive addiction treatment in a residential setting. Here I ran psycho-educational groups, group therapy as well as offering individual therapy for clients as well as their family members who may be struggling with the effects of addiction, relapse and recovery. A lot of the work was drawing on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as a way of learning the tools required in order to identify unhelpful thinking patterns and then implement the changes required in order to make long-term lifestyle changes. We also used mindfulness and meditation which is showing some promising results especially in the treatment of anxiety based difficulties.
As a qualified yoga instructor I run mindfulness and yoga courses, details of which can be found on my website. Individual mindfulness practice can also be available as part of the therapy. My working approach is to draw on methods and practices which have been proven beneficial for different psychological struggles. I draw on various models such as CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Schema Focused Therapy, psychodynamic therapy as well as existential therapy.
I work in private practice in Poole and Wareham.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc - Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy - a philosophical approach where the focus is on us as relational beings. We are always in the process of relating; relating to ourselves, to others, and to the environment in which we exist. This leads to conflict and struggles within the self and with others.
BSc (hons) Psychology
PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma - CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for couples
Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology (Post graduate training)
EMDR - EMDR Academy
Clinical Supervision Training - Iron Mill College
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), and a accredited member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am insured and supervised in accordance with BACP guidelines.
I have trained at The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (www.tccr.org.uk)
I have trained in mindfulness, meditation and yoga whilst spending time in a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in an ashram in Nashik, India. My approach to yoga is focusing on mindfulness and finding balance between body and mind. Details about courses and retreats can be found on my website. I am continuing my training in Mindfulness through Bangor University.
My main area of interest is with adult survivors of childhood abuse and the psychological disorders often associated with this group. I have experience working with mood disorders, personality disorders, and other difficulties such as substance misuse, and relationship problems.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 - £75.00
Concessions offered for
Fees are £55.00 - £65.00. Some low-cost sessions may be available upon request for low-income clients.
When I work
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