For most of us it is a big step to decide to come for counselling/psychotherapy and I hope that the following information supports you in thinking about your next steps. Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling I provide a safe space to talk about what is on your mind, experience feelings which might have felt overwhelming, gain more insight, clarity and perspective, and start to make changes.
I am a BACP registered, psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist offering long and short-term counselling to individuals and couples with a wide variety of issues including relationship and sexual issues, stress and anxiety, low mood or depression, the loss of a loved one, or other trauma, feelings of loneliness and isolation, work difficulties, or a feeling that life lacks meaning or purpose.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help us to understand what we are experiencing and gain insight into how we can move forward. As Dr Mark Epstein writes, ‘People do not have to pretend to be other than who they are in therapy. They do not have to apologise for themselves but can be honest and revealing in an ongoing way. This can be a great gift and is at the heart of what turns out to be therapeutic for many people’.
Currently, I prefer to offer sessions via Zoom or Skype although I can offer face to face sessions, where necessary, in my private consulting room in Welwyn Garden City (Hertfordshire), which is within a self-contained part of my home with separate access and toilet facilities.
You can contact me on 07305 620634 and if I am not immediately available just leave a message with your name, telephone number and a good time to contact you and I will call you back. Alternatively, you can email me here.
Training, qualifications & experience
My core training is in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy and my principal qualifications are a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (a 5-year BACP accredited training). I have undertaken further training including group work with the Institute of Group Analysis (Certificate in Group Therapy), psychodynamic couples work with the Tavistock Centre, attachment theory at the Bowlby Centre and, currently, advanced couples and psychosexual therapy with the NAOS Institute (Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy).
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and adhere strictly to their Ethical Framework which supports the importance of safety, confidentiality, respect, and equality.
Before training as a therapist, I worked within the public sector, initially as a Chartered Surveyor and then as a senior manager.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
It is important to feel that you are working with the right therapist for you and I offer an initial 30-minute conversation via Zoom or telephone (for which there is no charge).
This is generally followed by a 60-minute consultation session for which the fee is £40 (£55 for couples).
If you then decide to move forward, the fee for counselling sessions is £40 for individuals and £55 for couples.
Sessions last for 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples and are generally on a weekly basis.