I offer a safe and supportive space for people who are struggling to deal with issues in their lives that affect them at a deeply personal level. It can be such a relief to talk about these problems in absolute confidence and together we can explore how it feels and how it might be changed. Counselling is so often a very liberating experience enabling people to free themselves of past and current emotional burdens.
It is important to mourn our losses and allow ourselves time to work through our grief if we are to reach some kind of resolution and move on in our lives. Counselling can play a vital part in helping people to deal with bereavement and also to provide support in anticipation of great loss.
Relationships are complicated and change over time. If couples find they are not understanding each other, not feeling understood and if they are becoming increasingly stressed, it is very painful. Person centred counselling helps people to find a way through this distress.
The experience of infertility can be very distressing and disruptive and feelings can range from despair, anger, anxiety and loneliness, to grief. The situation can also put a great strain on relationships, not only with a partner, wife or husband but with relatives and friends who may not fully understand what it is like to have fertility issues. It is hard to deal with other people announcing a pregnancy, having a baby or just seeing people enjoying family life. It is usually difficult to deal with the outcome of treatment if tests are negative or if the news is bad and understandable that anxiety about the future then increases.
I have specialised for over 20 years in providing counselling for people affected by infertility. Counselling offers you a private place where you can explore difficult feelings and deal with the issues you are experiencing. It enables you to reduce the impact that infertility is having on your life, to talk through your options, prepare for treatment and have support afterwards.
I also have a special interest is in working with people who are thinking about sperm, egg or embryo donation and with those for whom surrogacy is an option, all of which can give rise to a whole range of feelings and issues that may be difficult to manage. I provide a confidential space where you can safely explore the personal implications for you and those close to you, as well as an opportunity to discuss the legal framework for donation or surrogacy in the UK and receive the support you need before, during and after treatment.
Stress comes in many forms and can have a very negative impact on peoples lives, sometimes leading to illness, absence from work and strain on personal relationships. I work with people to identify the sources of their stress and to learn how to reduce the effect it has upon them. It is very empowering and liberating to discover that you can be so much more in control.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills
- Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person Centred Couples Counselling
- Diploma in Stress Management
- Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Senior Accredited Member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA)
- OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- Certificate in Advanced Person Centred Couple Counselling
- Honorary Member of the British Infertility Society
- Honorary Member of the British Infertility Counselling Association
I am Chair of the BICA Training Group and regularly run courses for other counsellors who want to develop knowledge and skills in work with people affected by infertility.
As well as having a private practice, I am the senior infertility counsellor at The Wolfson Fertility Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, one of the largest assisted conception centres in the UK
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.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session for individuals; £60 for couples