I have worked for over 30 years as a qualified professional, including many years of working at Consultant level in the NHS. I specialise in providing individual and couples therapy. and aim to listen with care and respect to the issues you bring to therapy. I offer a a confidential and supportive place for you, or both of you, to explore the difficulties that brought you to therapy and to find ways to change these challenges.
Over my many years of working across a variety of services, I have seen how a supportive and secure relationship contributes significantly to emotional and mental wellbeing. This experience has made couples and relational work particularly meaningful for me. My aim is to help you find ways to become more responsive, emotionally available and engaged with one other by increasing communication and decreasing reactivity. This is done by providing you both with the opportunity to safely share your deepest experiences of your relationship, including painful and difficult emotions. Over time habitual reactions and repetitive patterns and cycles of conflict can be identified. Recognising these and transforming the way you respond to one another and changing repetitive patterns draws you towards becoming more emotionally available to one another. This in turn develops a sense of safety and security within your relationship.
The main approach I use in couples therapy is called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which involves working primarily with emotions and habitual patters of responding. However I may also include other approaches if needed, such as elements from a more cognitive behavioural perspective, mindfulness and a psychological understanding.
Individual Psychological Therapy
I provide therapy to adults of all ages, from working age to post-retirement and offer short term or longer term treatment. The areas I can provide help with include trauma and PTSD, interpersonal and relationship issues, health anxiety and health-related conditions, low mood, depression, anxiety disorders (such as generalised anxiety, panic, phobia, social anxiety), obsessive compulsive disorder, low self esteem, stress, adjustment difficulties, bereavement and loss, somatic presentations and pain, neurological conditions and dementia.
The main therapeutic approaches I use are: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals (EFT) and a Person-Centred approach. However, I often work in an integrative way using more than one therapy in order to meet the complex needs of my clients. Ultimately the approach will depend on the problem or problems you bring to therapy, what you feel you need and the psychological formulation of your difficulties.
What to expect from your first session
If you do decide to go ahead, our first session will give us the opportunity to meet and discuss the problems troubling you in detail. The session will be aimed at assessing the nature of these difficulties to allow me to gain enough understanding so that I can suggest the best approach to meet your needs. We will agree on some basic "housekeeping" such as finalising arrangements about how often we will meet, payment, cancellation and rescheduling etc. I will try to make this as comfortable and useful a process as possible for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a qualified professional for more than 30 years and in the NHS for 22 years holding Consultant Psychologist posts and leading as the Head of a Psychology Service. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Counselling and Clinical Practitioner Psychologist and with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Chartered Clinical Psychologist. I am also on the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists, a BPS approved supervisor and a BPS Associated Fellow. Additional memberships include: member of EMDR UK, member of ICEEFT and BEFT (the international and British centres for EFT - Emotionally Focused Therapy).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
My fees depend on a variety of factors: whether you are self-funding or have insurance; whether the therapy is online or in person; the length of the session; the location. If you are self-funding we will agree on the cost before you start therapy. Please let me know if your personal circumstances
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I have dedicated clinics for couples therapy in the evenings and Saturday afternoon.
It can be really hard and quite daunting to decide which therapy and which therapist might best suit you. To help you with this I offer a free initial telephone conversation lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. Please contact me to arrange a time so we can discuss your needs and what I can offer. This is a no obligation call, its aim is to help you reach a decision about therapy and whether this is the right therapist and right time for you to start.
At present I am only working online due to COVID. I will continue offering online sessions in the future but I am now making plans to return to face to face working in a couple of months.