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About me

Welcome. As an experienced counsellor and therapist I can offer you a supportive safe and professional environment for us to explore the issues that are troubling you. I now work both face-to-face, with  safety measures of ventilation and distance in place, as well as on-line. Both ways of working are effective. If we do work on line it is important that you give yourself time before and after our sessions and have a comfortable private space.

My practice is based on the belief that we are all unique individuals and that the relationship between the two people in the room is the most important factor. I use an integrative approach, drawing on a range of theories and research, focussing on those which I think are most useful to the person with me. I know from my own experience that by developing a better understanding of ourselves, we can make real changes in our lives and grow into ourselves.


I am an experienced therapist, having practised in Cambridge for 11 years and run a counselling service in London some years ago. People I have worked with say I am approachable and offer a supportive and non judgemental environment.

If you feeling anxious, stressed, or lacking in self confidence or are facing problems in your relationships or at work, counselling and therapy can be really helpful.

Working together we can identify those things which trouble you, see if we can identify any causes and think about how you might like to respond to people and situations in a different way through learning some new skills. In therapy sessions we often look at how to shift away from old and unhelpful patterns, to understand and change the rules we have developed for ourselves, and find new ways to deal with those situations where you find yourself reacting in a way you don't much like. I sometimes suggest that we use other media; a story tower and images and models, stones and shells, drawing, and cards. I find these offer a really useful  opportunity to access other more creative or symbolic ways of expressing what is going on for you. 

Therapy, for me, is about making changes which enable you to grow into yourself, to become who you would like to be.

I am  happy to work with people who have experience of using mental health services.

I am available Monday to Wednesday before and after work and during the day. My first appointment is at 8.30am, the last at 7.30pm.
In the first session I will ask you some questions about what brings you to therapy and counselling now and what has happened in your past. We will talk about different approaches to working together so that you feel comfortable and I can support you in your journey.

I offer both short and long term counselling and therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed range of counselling courses in the 80's mostly in Gestalt. I then did lots of short courses on stress and anxiety management, relaxation, communication skills and assertiveness as well as organisational development, management and capacity building.

I have a BSc Hons in Psychology and Sociology and an MSc in Social Work and Social Policy

I have an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute in West London.

I  have a Certificate in Relational Supervision and therefore offer supervision to people training and practising as counsellors and therapists.

I have a certificate in Relational Coaching and am happy to offer coaching to people who are wanting to change or develop at work.

I am accredited  by the UKCP.

I ran a counselling service for a local Mind Association for some years.

I now have a private practice in Cambridge where I have been seeing people for 9 years.

I have worked for 30 years in mental health and social work here and abroad as a social worker, counsellor, teacher and trainer.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

A lot of the work I do with people is around anxiety and self confidence.

I also work a lot with people around work and employment; issues at work, developing a career, moving into management, understanding the organisation we are in, how we stop ourselves from moving on, confidence in our role.

I also offer an anger management programme, either a structured 6 week programme focussing on different topics each week or a longer term exploration of what triggers you and how to change the behaviour that you are not comfortable with.

Fees

From £45.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

The fee for a one hour session is £75 - £45 depending on your income. If you have lost income due to the virus please let me know and we can try and identify an appropriate rate.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

  I work on Mondays,Tuesdays and Wednesdays and have some evening slots.

Further information

I work from premises in the  centre of Cambridge.

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Key details

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The rooms I use are on the first floor, up one flight of stairs.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

The supervision I offer is designed to enable you to think through your practice, to develop your skills and competencies as a counsellor/therapist.

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