Beginning therapy can be daunting, I aim to provide a gentle and safe place in which to explore whatever painful feelings are around for you right now.
The Kind of Therapy I Provide
I provide short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy therapy (12 weeks), where we might explore a specific issue, and open-ended therapy. Open ended therapy provides the space in which to work in a more in-depth way, to think about why certain patterns, behaviours or relationships are established, and begin to make changes.
Psychotherapy can help with many different issues such as: anxiety, depression, stress, grief, trauma and abuse. I carry out a kind of talking therapy called Psychodynamic therapy. This kind of therapy aims to look at why patterns of behaviour are repeated and where these patterns originated. By gaining greater understanding of yourself, your past and your relationships, the painful feelings can begin to be addressed and worked through.
The Process of Starting Therapy
After an initial phone call or email I will invite you for a couple of consultation sessions. These last 50 minutes and are usually a week or two apart. We will discuss what has brought you to therapy at this time and how therapy may help you. During this session we will think about what type of therapy might be most appropriate. We will discuss practical issues such as what time and day your regular appointment will be and the ongoing fee. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the therapy and any worries you may have about it.
Location and Access
Therapy sessions take place in a comfortable room in Walton on Trent, South Derbyshire. Unfortunately wheelchair access is limited and toilet facilities are upstairs. However, the room is on the ground floor with a small step and parking is directly outside. I am within driving distance of Derby, Lichfield, Burton, Swadlincote, Tamworth and Ashby and there is a bus service from Burton on Trent and Swadlincote, the bus stop is a few yards from the house.
I have experience working with a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and aim to be as inclusive as possible.
I can offer telephone sessions and online therapy via Zoom.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist. I trained to postgraduate level at WPF Therapy London and am registered with FPC and UKCP and abide by their codes of conduct. I have worked as a bereavement volunteer for Thames Valley Cruse.
I have experience working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds on issues such as: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, agoraphobia, family issues, trauma, abuse, complex grief and bereavement.
Before training as a therapist I worked as an artist and managed a youth charity in London.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with