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About me and my therapy practice
My professional background is occupational therapy, dealing predominantly with clients with mental health issues. I have been involved in the health care environment for 30 years both in the NHS and latterly the voluntary sector. For the past 20 years I have specialised in the care and support of people, and their families, with Autism and related conditions. I also have a specific interest in working in the areas of relationship difficulties and mental health issues. I am an integrative counsellor using the skills of CBT and psychodynamic approaches within a person centered ethos. My practice is grounded in the ethical guidelines of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists). My academic qualifications and practice enables me to provide supervision to counsellors and student counsellors.
Types of therapy
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, with the use of relaxation techniques. EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: imitates the psychological state we enter when asleep (a high-speed processing mode). Family Therapy is used to treat a family system rather than individual members of the family. Humanistic counselling encourages people to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions with emphasis on self-development and achieving ones potential. Integrative counselling is where several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together. Person Centred counselling is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where they can freely express emotions and feelings.
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Young People, Couples, Families, Groups
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Group Work
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Degree, L6 CPCAB in Counselling Supervision, L5 CPCAB in CBT, Cert. Psychodynamic Approaches, EMDR Part 1/Part 2, BSc Occupational Therapy, MBA in Health & Service Management, ACE Autism,
What I can help with
Anxiety Conditions, Depression, Addiction(s), Grief Reactions, Anger Management, Autism, Disability Issues, OCD, PTSD, Relationship issues, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sexual Issues, HIV and associated issues.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with clients who have Autism and their families. I also have worked with sufferer's and carers of people who have Huntington's Disease.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Hourly rate: £40 per session
When I work
I am a registered supervisor on the University of Ulster list of supervisors.
I can offer student counsellors supervision or personal therapy at a concessional rate.
I have an accessible office space and I am also available to do home visits.
I am also able to provide a training service to relevant groups addressing the topic of Autism and associated difficulties.