Hello and welcome to my page. I warmly invite new clients who feel this time of rapid change and upheaval might actually be a timely moment to see their lives in fresh ways. Whatever the issue - sexuality, relationships, loneliness, crisis in life's meaning and purpose, past traumas - you will be met by me with commitment, intelligence and dependability.
I am trained in and practice out of Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential therapy traditions; my current ongoing training is within the psychodynamic tradition. In the wider cultural field my approach also draws upon Buddhist psychology and feminist theories of gender and empowerment for all. I undertake regular professional development as well as monthly supervision with a senior psychotherapist. I walked the walk of client for four years before switching to the other side of the room. I therefore have a good understanding of what the journey of therapy involves.
I especially invite enquires connected to the following areas:
- love, relationships and marriage
- depression & anxiety
- anger & rage
- gender/masculinity/femininity exploration
- ageing & mid-life issues
- spirituality, religion, meaning & meaninglessness
- death, dying & bereavement.
At the heart of my working style - grounded in a commitment to the care of my clients and my openness as a therapist - is a lively inquisitiveness around how my clients use language, metaphor and imagery. As a result I like to work with myth, stories, and the chance revelations and provocations generated through the use of archetypal card decks. I also use a wide range of imagery and visuals (including boxes of cut-up images for creative collage work and resources created by the Amsterdam School for Imagery). Personal journalling and creative writing also feature in my approach. My consulting room - a detached garden office - ensures complete confidentiality.
My undergraduate area of study was in theology and religious studies and my PhD examined the relationship between Christian fundamentalism and late-20th century fiction and drama. I recommend you click on the website link (and my blogs in particular) to get a deeper view of my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories and Concepts (Sept 2021 - March 2022, online).
Secular Buddhist Network - Online Group Course - After Buddhism: Exploring a Secular Dharma (Sept-Dec, 2020)
Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Skills (Birmingham, 2002)
Diploma in Gestalt Counselling (Birmingham, 2005)
Bachelor of Divinity, (B.D), University of St. Andrews, 1992-1996
PhD, Literature and Theology, University of Birmingham, 1997-2002
Theological Training - Westcott House, Cambridge, 1999-2000
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gender and identity, ageing, crisis at mid-life, religion, belief, spirituality and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
From £40.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
Individual therapy: A standard 50 min session is charged at £40-£50, depending on means. A lower rate is available for students. Couples therapy costs £65 for a 1hr 15 min session and £50 for a 50 minute session.