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About me

Troubled minds can be hard to sooth. Feelings can seem too much to bear. Managing yourself and life may become increasingly demanding, and the feelings of purpose, ease and joy can get squeezed out. Or these feelings seem to disappear overnight and you say, something is missing! Or perhaps you find you have dropped down a hole, the one you keep scrambling from. Maybe you feel unable to control things. Frustrations may arise. Clinically significant issues can become a problem. Anxieties, depressions, sadness, anger, prolonged grief, addictions, loss of energy and motivation, even of sense of self, and physical conditions can result.
I'm a developmental-relational psychotherapist. I work with adults individually and as a couple. I believe in healing, change and growth. I focus on relationship to self (liking self or not, self esteem levels etc.) and how this affects our relating to others. Early development/trauma or later traumas and overwhelm leads to fixed beliefs and defenses, manifesting as a variety of psychological issues today
I offer a free 40 minutes consultation, without obligation. I've been through this therapy myself and I believe passionately in the approach. I look for blame free exploration and collaboration. I've 20 years experience as a mental health nurse, 8 years as a Compassion Focused Therapy therapist and 4.5 years practicing developmental-relational psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have trained to MSc level 7 as an Integrative Psychotherapist at Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. I have practiced this developmental-relational approach for the last 4.5 years. I have 8 years experience with Compassion Focused Therapy, having trained to P.G.C.E. level under it's founder Paul Gilbert at Derby University. I also have 20 years experience as a registered mental health nurse. I am a registered member of the UKCP.  I have also completed a Diploma in Couples Counselling at Sherwood. The award of the Diploma is currently pending successful completion of an assignment.  

I have worked with most types of psychological issues in at least one of these capacities. This includes what psychiatry might diagnose as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major and moderate depression, with and without psychosis, anxiety and compulsive disorders, various personality disorders and personality styles, various addictions, autism, ADD (ADHD). 

Various forms of trauma in others has been a central theme in all my work, though not all of us see ourselves as necessarily traumatized. I have undergone prolonged psychotherapy myself and believe passionately in the model I practice.

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£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free initial 20 minute consultation.

Individual and couples sessions are weekly and cost £45 for 60 minutes.

Derby, DE23 4BJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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