I am trained and experienced in working relationally and creatively with children, teens and adults. Therapy is a deeply creative act - making new meanings of your past, holding your pain in a different way, or treading your next steps.
I provide a warm and clarifying relationship for you or your child to use, finding your own strength and answers. I practice therapy in a way which empowers you or your child to find your way through your struggles. If relationships in our lives have harmed us - as is often the case when clients walk through my door - relationships can heal us.
I have a meditation practice stretching back to my teens to draw on if relevant. Many of my clients, young or older, have found meditation as enormously helpful as I do.
As young people are constantly changing and growing, therapy can help your child harness their natural talent for change and growth to heal and move forward.
Younger children typically play out their therapeutic process, while the teens I see tend toward a mix of creative and talking therapy. However they shape their sessions, your child and I will create a warm and trusted environment as they move through their process.
I also know how intensely precious and challenging the responsibility of parenting can be, being a loving and committed father to my own two children. I aim to form an alliance with parents from the start, and sometimes work with parents for a period.
For adult clients
Though perhaps we talk more than play as adults, therapy is undoubtedly creative. A therapeutic relationship is a place to try out more authentic ways of being you, looking at the things you need to look at, living in ways you really want to. I often find adult clients seeking longer term therapy as we engage with ways of thinking, feeling or behaving which have troubled them for some time.
Please see the “Further Information” section below if you want a more detailed picture of how I work and how I may be of help.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 7 Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
FdA in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
CPD "A Day with Professor Emeritus Brian Thorne"
CPD "Working with Trauma in the Counselling Room"
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Some daytime, after school and evening sessions available Tuesday or Wednesday.
Online sessions offered.
Sessions with me
All sessions last 50 minutes.
The beautiful, light room I use in Bath is set up for working playfully and creatively with children and adolescents as much as with adults.
Many clients find parking in the Sainsbury’s supermarket opposite convenient, and there is a bus stop just outside.
Online sessions offer a greater flexibility in terms of time and days, get in touch to discuss this further.
Alongside my private practice, I work some of the week for a very established counselling agency in the heart of Bath. I have worked as a therapist in primary and secondary school settings.
Earlier in my career I worked in both residential and community settings supporting adults and young people with complex and enduring mental health issues. I went on to work with early years children and in playwork. I then made theatre as an actor, writer, director and facilitator with children, young people and adults.
My approach to therapy
The person centred approach to therapy is lively, creative and compassionate. It is focused on how we relate to one another, the relationship itself is the tool we will use. Most likely the things troubilng you or your child will have roots in relationship and so, relationships can heal them. The person centred approach aims at empowering adults and young people in our increasingly complex world to live fully with others.
For three years I received a depth training at the University of Warwick solely in contemporary person centred counselling and psychotherapy. I actively chose depth over breadth in my training. The training was for working with clients 16 years and up.
I have further training in working specifically with children and young people.
I have additional training in some CBT techniques, attachment theory and trauma-informed approaches using the body. I value these approaches highly and often use them - but I am resolutely a person centred therapist. I have seen the therapeutic relationship heal, time and again.
I am seeing more and more adolescents who are anxious. Anxious about how they are perceived, who they are, about school, about the environment and of course now the Covid-19 outbreak - the list is long. Anxiety is characterised by something being partially out of sight, the clarity therapy offers is so useful in this regard. Safely bringing to light what is hidden usually reduces anxiety a great deal. From there young people typically work on the underlying problem.