I am a psychotherapist accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer space and time for individual therapy, couple counselling, and supervision of counselling work.
My psychotherapy philosophy is that everyone has the resources within themselves to find meaning, purpose and fulfilment in their lives. When there are difficulties - whether from external life events, problematic relationship issues, or other internal psychological struggles, a confidential therapeutic relationship, in which the issues of concern can be faced, explored and worked on, can help with finding new ways forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for more than 20 years, in Private Practice, Social Services and the NHS. In these different settings I have provided individual therapy; group work for people suffering with depression; a specific suicide prevention service within Liaison Psychiatry NHS; couple counselling and supervision for counsellors.
My core training has been in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy which has an understanding that early life experiences and associated coping strategies, have a strong impact on present ways of relating. In 2014 I qualified as a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist. This therapy modality known as DIT, is recognised within the NHS as an evidence-based alternative to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people suffering with depression and anxiety. In addition to these extensive trainings I have continued my professional development attending workshops covering many different therapy modalities.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
All of the experiences referred to above have enriched my understanding of what it is to be human, and have given me many different resources and strategies to draw on that can be useful to people in different circumstances.
My therapeutic approach is to be open to the specialness and uniqueness of each individual, to work collaboratively with my clients within the therapeutic relationship, and to draw on my skills and experience creatively for the benefit of the people I work with.