I offer both in-person sessions, as well as psychotherapy using video- or audio-conferencing.
I am a compassionate listener, with practice experience extending over more than twenty-five years. My approach to therapy has two strands. A central focus is the themes and patterns in your story which have been with you for some time. We explore those in depth, identifying ways in which they are still affecting you in the present.
The second strand is about changes you are working towards. Sometimes, a series of smaller changes may be all that is need to make a big difference to your life. At other times, you may be considering more far-reaching decisions which require longer and deeper exploration. Therapy will help you to look at the implications of a change of course, so that you can make the best choice.
You can attend therapy for a defined number of sessions, or over a longer period. It is most beneficial if it becomes part of your weekly routine over at least six weeks. This allows time for exploration, as well as trying out new ways of doing things. Where issues have been with you for a long time and are very entrenched, a therapy arrangement over several months or more will be most effective.
The initial assessment session is an opportunity to explore your background and history, as well as the issues which have brought you to therapy. We decide together whether psychotherapy will be helpful in resolving the issues, and we agree a way forward in terms of number of sessions. This can be reviewed and amended at any time.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an advanced diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy (Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling (University of Reading). I also have a postgraduate diploma in solution-focused, brief therapy, gained from the University of Birmingham. I am registered as a psychodynamic psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), and I am a British Association of Counselling (BACP) accredited counsellor.
In addition to my core psychotherapy and counselling qualifications, I am a trained clinical supervisor of other practitioners, as well as a teacher of students on a counselling diploma course.
Alongside my practice as a psychotherapist, I work as an organisational consultant and an executive coach. I have a Master's degree in ‘Consultation and the Organisation’ from the Tavistock Centre, and I have trained in executive coaching at Ashridge Business School. I worked for many years as a manager of clinical services for a global healthcare company, specialising in Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs), and I have a strong interest in organisations, each of which has a unique blend of people, culture and relationships.
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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
A psychotherapy session for an individual client lasts for fifty minutes and costs £55.
A session for a couple lasts for sixty minutes and costs £65.
Initial assessment sessions are charged at the same rate as subsequent sessions.
Therapy normally happens at the same time each week, providing a stable and dependable reflective space. A session is part of an ongoing therapeutic conversation. It is different from a conversation with a friend because a therapist stands outside your life situation and is able to see it objectively. She is able to suggest new perspectives precisely because she is not involved in the issues you are talking about in your sessions. Over time, insights gained through therapy can be integrated into your understanding of your self.
Your conversation with me is confidential, and you can therefore speak freely about about your thoughts and emotions. Each of us tells ourselves a story about our lives. At times that story can diverge from the path we would like to follow. By sharing the narrative of what has gone wrong, over time, therapy helps you to move the story closer to the version you would like to tell.