Firstly I suggest (and require) a short phone call.
(This can be after initial email contact)
This will likely evolve into a free telephone consultation of approximately 20 minutes, no obligation.
Online or In Person - Generally I offer a longer first session only (no extra charge) for my 'best practice' thorough intake process.
I prefer to work with all clients online for first two or three sessions regardless of how we will work ongoing - Online / In Person
I am double vaccinated and boosted re Covid -19. If you want to work in person with me you will need to be at least double vaccinated, if not then we can work online.
I offer Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision.
Individual in person sessions last approximately an hour (50-60 minutes) ending when a natural stopping point is reached - there is always a decent time gap between clients so there will be no risk of bumping into other clients to protect your privacy and anonymity.
Couples - 90 minutes
I retrained as a therapist mid life having found therapy incredibly useful and life changing myself during my early twenties, which led to my successful first Professional career and and better Relationships with all those in my Personal and Professional life, and an internal sense of ease and relief - Feeling and Being OK with myself and others.
I am a Qualified Accredited Counsellor with NCS, I offer Psychotherapy and Counselling.
I am Certificated as meeting New Haven Competencies as a recognised Trauma Focused Therapist.
I hold a post Grad cross modality Certificate in Supervision for talking Therapists and offer Supervision.
I completed 5 years of core training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (under UKCP criteria, level 7 / Masters) and will take my CTA exam in due course leading to UKCP membership. I engage with ongoing CPD on a regular basis. I have multiple supervisors with different outlooks.
There is no right point in life or age to 'sort yourself out' or see a therapist, no problem that doesn't warrant you getting some help, - the right time, is the right time for YOU - ideally don't leave it until you can't cope or things are going really really wrong.
I spent years in individual personal therapy, group therapy, and many therapy marathons as I trained under the very thorough UKCP regulations, it's very important to choose a therapist who has really done their own work first, and who is as much as possible not going to get mixed up with your process's and therapeutic work.
I believe that some understanding of early childhood experiences - how we got to be the person we are now - is useful / helpful, and that early experiences may be more of an influence than consciously known at the start of therapy, or if not having had any therapy previously. Bringing into awareness past experiences, is important. The past can affect the present, but this doesn't mean therapy will be like an 'archeological dig' - mostly it will be about what is going on for you right now, though sometimes related to formative experiences.
I also now operate comprehensive Trauma Screening for all new clients.
I am a humanistic therapist - a talking therapist - though may also use other techniques if helpful for you, such as using stones or other objects to represent family systems, and other creative ways of working.
I'm also happy to work outdoors in the kinder weather months if this suits you, contact with the natural environment may be re enlivening for you.
Everyone has the capacity to think, and ,therefore, make new decisions about how to be in the world. Balancing out Feelings with what we Think and what we Do could be described as 'Therapy' until these three realms of being human work together well enough to 'Be OK' with yourself and others. What is happening internally for you will be similar to what happens between you and others, and vice versa. As one improves, so will the other.
I recommend starting with 6 sessions of therapy (I expect you to identify some change for yourself by then), then another 6. For some issues, this may be enough to alleviate your difficulties, and symptom relief may be your 'contract'
On the other hand you may want to make much deeper changes_
If you have been one way all your life it may take longer to 'shift' into 'Being' different, so that repeated unhealthy patterns do not return.
It is OK to take breaks between 'blocks' of therapy and return to work on other stuff or revisit at a deeper level. It can take time to digest therapeutic work and fully internalise the 'new you'
Once I make a commitment to work with a client I will not 'give up' on you, though naturally you will have to stick to our agreements on appointments and payments, and genuinely seek change for yourself with effort.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Counsellor NCS
- Qualified Trauma Focused Therapist (New Haven Competencies / Relevant Psychotherapeutic Skills) Manchester Psychotherapy foundation
- Certificate Post Grad Supervision - Manchester Institute Psychotherapy (MIP)
- Diploma Transactional Analysis Counselling - Berne Institute
- Certificate in Family / Systemic Therapy - Berne Institute
- Trained in Nice (protocol) recognised treatment for Depression
- CBT Introduction Cert - TA Training Organisation Leeds
I have and do work with a wide range of clients privately, with various challenges such as: Relationship Issues (Couples Welcome) , Abuse Survivors (all types), Anger (and all other emotional regulation), Anxiety, Depression, Self Worth (Confidence, Self Image) Addiction, Trauma Related Symptoms, and have worked previously in a number of coastal community settings for those frequently most disadvantaged - often with both dual therapeutic and mental health issues including complex clients, and those with severe addiction issues too.
I have a lot of experience of working with people in need having also worked in a Mental Health role, and with Young People (residential, challenging and complex needs), Autistic young people and Adults as well as spending some time working in psychiatric wards / secure environments (non therapy role) so have a good experiential knowledge of Mental Health and Care Services, and of the impact on others - partners, carers and families of those labelled / diagnosed as above, as well those who are in these life positions themselves. Working compassionately with people on a practical level as well as psychologically has given me a well rounded perspective on deepest 'Human Needs' and difficulties.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My specialist areas are Relationship (Self and Other), Abuse Survivors, Trauma Events, Addiction. Self Worth.
£37.50 per session
Concessions offered for
£37.50 per 1 hour session - Individual
£55.00 per 1.5 hour session - Couples
Concessions for Trainee Counsellors - limited spaces please ask
I hold two spaces for low income clients - 20 percent reduction - ask.
Scheduled appointments available from 09.00 to 20.00 Monday to Thursday (subject to availability) Tue am, Fri, Sat sometimes available by prior one off special arrangements only.
Therapy And 'Magic Wand' Wishes
You may be coming to therapy after something specific has happened, especially a specific Traumatic event, or Bereavement, or Beytrayal (which may or may not in themselves be Trauma/ Traumatic )
If you are coming because of ingrained repeated patterns that keep happening the below may be helpful :
If you want 'things to be different' the main change that will be required, Will Be You - and you Can Do It !
I am happy to encourage clients to do some reading, watch u tube videos if helpful, start taking exercise or visit a physical therapist or GP if need be as well as attend therapy.
I invite you to Invest in Yourself, Be Important and Valuable, practice Self Care.
I welcome all clients equally and respectfully - and treat everyone with great compassion. I favour an approach of gentle clear honesty. I will attune to you and offer nurture and support, and will also challenge as required to work effectively. You won't leave therapy shakey, but nor should the work be a complete breeze of an experience, that would be not working effectively, being honest. We will work together to find the right amount of 'stretch' for you,at your pace, gently does it - with compassion.
Couples come to therapy usually for one of two reasons, to get on better or to break up. It may not be clear which reason (to self or to other) and it is possible each person has a different motivation (whether in full conscious awareness or not)
I invite you to give this consideration, and whether you are seeking couples therapy, or whether clarifying your own feelings and thoughts in individual therapy first will serve you (both) more effectively.