30 minutes free consultation with no obligation on either side, followed by the full hour number one session if I will be your therapist, so 90 minutes in total.
All sessions last approximately a full hour within a few minutes when a natural stopping point is reached - there is always a decent space between clients so there will be no risk of bumping into other clients to protect your privacy and anonymity.
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 work life, and an internal sense of ease and relief - feeling and being OK with myself and others.
I trained for over five years - full Psychotherapy training - and will in the future take my Psychotherapy exams. I am a qualified accredited Counsellor, offering Psychotherapy and Counselling.
In middle age, I had to have a lot more therapy throughout training (course requirement) to make sure I'd resolved my own issues really, really well - and don't mix them up with 'your issues' which would be unhelpful.
There is no right point in life or age to 'sort yourself out' or see a therapist - the right time, is the right time for You - don't leave it until you can't cope or things are going really really wrong. I spent time in individual therapy, group therapy, and many many 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.
I believe that for most clients 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. 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.
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 all these parts 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 than another 6. For some issues, this may be enough to alleviate your difficulties.
If you have been one way all your life it may take longer to 'shift' and make changes, you may require ongoing support, or not.
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 put into practice in one's life -
Once I make a commitment to work with a client I will not 'give up' on you, though you will have to stick to our agreements on appointments and payments, and genuinely seek change for yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Counselor NCS
- Berne Institute Diploma Transactional Analysis Counselling
- Berne Institute Certificate in Family / Systemic Therapy
- Trained in Nice (protocol) recognised treatment for Depression
I have worked with a wide range of clients for over three years both privately at home, with presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, historic abuse, and in a number of coastal community settings for those frequently most disadvantaged, often with both dual therapeutic and mental health issues, and with complex clients with addiction issues too.
Since embarking on therapist work professionally I have also worked in a Mental Health role, and with up to severely Autistic Adults and Young People 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' which was pricelessly helpful coming previously from an Arts and IT Profession.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£37.50 per 1 hour session - Individual
£55.00 per 1.5 hour session - Couples
Concessions for Trainee Counsellors - limited spaces please ask.
Therapy And 'Magic Wand' Wishes
You may be coming to therapy after something specific has happened.
If you are coming because of repeated patterns that keep happening the below may be helpful :
If you want 'things to be different' one of the changes that will be required, Will Be You -
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, though favour an approach of gentle clear honesty and while I will attune to you and offer nurture and support, 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.
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, and it is possible each person has a different motivation.
I invite you to give this consideration, and whether you are seeking couples therapy or whether to clarify your own feelings and thoughts in individual therapy is what you want, or want first.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||English Only|
Free on road or driveway parking in quiet rurally located cul de sac
Appointments available from 09.30 to 20.00 Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday subject to spaces. Saturday am and early am sometimes available by prior special arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|