I am trained in a broad range of therapeutic approaches, which enables me to create a flexible style of working to meet individual client needs. These include Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Integrative Counselling, & Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR). These modalities can be explained further in our initial meetings together when discussing appropriate treatment options.
My aim is to be alongside the client using my knowledge, experience, tools and resources to facilitate a reflective process, which can enable greater insight & understanding, leading to positive change. My approach is relaxed, containing and empathic and I believe that humility and acceptance are important qualities which help to define my style of working.
Use of the arts can enhance the therapeutic process by providing a 'visual language' which can have a more immediate impact than words. This would not necessarily involve using art materials and does not require any skill or previous experience of art-making; for example, tapping in to the imagination, using visualisations and metaphors can help to access, capture and express material, more powerfully and succinctly than words.
For more information on Art Therapy, you could visit the British Association of Art Therapists website: BAAT.org
EMDR Therapy is more widely recognised as an effective treatment for PTSD & trauma-related issues, & can also help address & process a wide range of issues including anxiety, phobias, stress, grief & addictions. Essentially, EMDR works by tapping into the brain’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) system, facilitating a healing process by enabling new connections in neural pathways & memory networks. This allows unprocessed memory elements to be stored in a different form, resulting in a decrease of distressing symptoms & the issue being left in the past.
For more information on EMDR, you could visit the EMDR Association UK & Ireland website: emdrassociation.org.uk
I have 20 years experience as a Counsellor and 9 years as an Art Therapist in various settings including schools, NHS GP surgeries, family support services, older adult inpatients and therapeutic services for children and adolescents (including Children In Care).
I am currently working in GP surgeries providing short-term counselling under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme. I also work in private practice in Herne Bay, and for Employer-Assisted therapy services.
I am a Registered & Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a registered Art Psychotherapist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I am also an Accredited EMDR Practitioner with the EMDR Association UK. My practice incorporates professional and ethical codes in accordance with these bodies' guidelines.
I have Professional Civil Liability Insurance cover and an enhanced DBS certificate, available on request.
I can offer short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy for adolescents, adults and couples with a wide range of issues. Areas of expertise are in trauma work, including early developmental trauma, relational & complex trauma, grief/Bereavement work.
Training, qualifications & experience
EMDR Practitioner Accreditation with EMDR Association UK & Ireland (2019)
Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), (Richman EMDR Training, London 2014)
Masters Degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy- (Institute of Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE)/London Metropolitan University, 2006-2010)
BACP-Accredited Diploma in Counselling - (Morley College, London 1997-1999)
Certificate in Child Therapeutic Skills - (IATE, London 2009)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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.
EMDR Association UK
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
£50. per 1 hour session. (£45. whilst working remotely)
EMDR therapy sessions are usually scheduled as 75/90-minute sessions, with fees of £65/£75. respectively.
Some concessionary rates available for students and low-income.
Week days & some evenings.
I am currently conducting all sessions remotely online via Zoom.
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