I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, working with adults. My practice is based on the belief that psychotherapy can help with problems that stem from our earlier development. Much of human development takes place post birth and for good reason. It ensures maximum suitable adjustment to survive in the environment into which we are born.
This means our growth is strongly influenced by our relationships with others, particularly primary caregivers [usually but not always, your parent(s)], and the impact of the wider conditions of society that prevail at the time of our birth, and which, in various ways, affect all people.
This post birth growth means we are highly adaptive and can compensate well to any less than ideal growth conditions - ideal conditions probably never prevail for anyone completely in my view. Such compensations may leave us with problems in later life though. These compensations, or defenses, are largely hidden in unconscious processes and we can sometimes struggle to re-learn and adjust to alternative conditions later on. Alternatively, some later life event, or an accumulation of events, may mean we find ourselves simply overwhelmed and distress of various sorts can then follow. Often there is a combination of factors at play.
What are preferable development and growth conditions has become much better understood. Genes will always play a role but healthy growth benefits from a safe and calm environment. Events can trigger fears and anxieties and if they occur often enough they are likely to re-shape the direction our growth takes.
For me it is important to realise that many of our difficulties stem from often automatic defense processes. Therefore, blame, from others or from the self, are often not really valid, though to come to believe this may be a central part of psychotherapeutic work.
A non-blaming non-critical approach is core to my practice, and I work to encourage safeness and trust in a therapeutic relationship. This helps the exploration of our self in safety and encourages new growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained as an Integrative Psychotherapist on the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute's Masters course. I have also trained at Derby University as a Compassion Focused Therapist to Post Graduate Certificate level. I am a registered member of the UKCP.
Prior to these courses I trained and worked for many years as a mental health nurse. I remain active on the NMC State register of trained mental health nurses.
As a consequence I have a wide and deep knowledge base which I bring to my practice. In my many years experience I have worked with a great many psychological issues from which we can all potentially suffer, in one form or another.
I believe in the potential of human growth and healing and see psychotherapy as an enabling and empowering process. I am passionate about this work and also about standards of ethical practice in psychotherapy. I am bound by the UKCP code of conduct in my psychotherapy work and I feel particularly strongly about both the importance of client autonomy and the importance of maintaining a safe space for the client.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Initial assessment session. I allow 90 minutes for this with a fee of £50. Occasionally after this assessment I may feel am not the right therapist for you. In such a case I refund fifty per cent of the fee, £25.
Psychotherapy sessions are £45 per hour.