Hello and welcome
In this stressful and unusual time, we are confronted with new problems or we see how existing difficulties become worse. Vital elements of our lives are under pressure - health, relationships, work, finances. The need for distancing makes it hard to help ourselves in the normal ways. People we might turn to can be overwhelmed themselves, or we feel exhausted because others rely on us for help.
If this is your situation, you do not need to face it alone. I am experienced in supporting adults, older adults and couples through a crisis, after a loss, in periods of anxiety or depression. In addition, I specialise in all forms of relationship difficulties. The absence, disruption or ending of an important relationship causes us much worry and pain. Sadly, this is very relevant now. My approach to therapy is based on building a good working relationship between us so you feel able to share your concerns and wishes with me.
If you are interested in working with me, please contact me by email, text or phone. You can also find out more about my type of therapy by reading my entry below or clicking through to my website. Although the information was written for 'normal times', most of it continues to apply. You can move to face-to-face sessions once they become possible again.
As an Integrative therapist, I tailor the therapy to you as a person and to help with the problem(s) you're facing. I see adults and couples of all ages. I use a warm, relational approach which is suitable if you are struggling with relationship issues, stressful circumstances or difficult feelings like depression or anxiety.
What is the therapy like
I offer a confidential space where you are safe from judgement and being shamed. You can speak about private troubles and gain a new perspective. Together we can look at your thoughts and feelings and talk about your current life and past experiences. It's a working partnership dedicated to your needs.
How does it work
I believe that everybody means well and tries to have a good life. When things go wrong though, we can get stuck and struggle with our feelings. We may become unhappy and unwell, perhaps feeling hopeless or even that we don't deserve better. Here, therapy can make a big difference. I will join you in the search for your truth. Having an experienced partner helps to try out different responses to old problems. We will work at your pace and to your goals.
How long will it take
There is no general answer to this. Some people find a few sessions are enough to help them through a tough time. Others wish to engage more deeply in the process and move towards personal change. Depending on your needs and preferences, we can meet short-term (4-6 sessions), for a fixed time or open-ended. If you come for couples counselling, we will start with 4-6 sessions and then review how it's going.
My counselling room is in Market Harborough in the Mindtalk practice. The building is near the town centre with nearby parking. The practice has a private entrance, a small waiting area and a toilet. My room is on the second floor.
Just send me an email or text, or give me a ring, if you have questions or want to book a session. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Life experience and training.
Since childhood, I wondered what makes us into the people we are, and why it can be so hard to be who we want to be? I looked for answers in books and studied literature to doctoral level. Later, I had jobs in education, business and healthcare. Twenty years ago, family reasons brought me from my native Germany to Cambridgeshire. I found myself transitioning between cultures, languages, countries and nationalities, which was both exciting and unsettling.
Over the years, I met people from very different backgrounds. I realised that each person is unique yet at heart, we are all very similar, everyone is striving to have a good life. Sadly, sometimes we get stuck which can cause suffering and poor mental health.
When I decided to become a therapist, I studied psychodynamic counselling at the University of Leicester and Integrative psychotherapy at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham. I specialise in relationship issues including the relationship we have with ourselves. I provide therapy which addresses the whole person and the impact others have on us.
I have been a client myself, most recently during my Integrative training. I know from experience that therapy changes lives. I remain committed to my own professional and personal development.
Qualifications and work experience
2020 Short course How to do counselling online designed by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Open University2017-2019 Courses in Couples Counselling with Judith Grayson, Joan Manville and Relate
2012-2016 MSc Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and Staffordshire University)
2009-2011 Cert HE Counselling (Leicester University)
1996 Dr phil Literature (Giessen University / Germany)
1991 MA German and English Literature (Giessen University / Germany)
1 year at Relate, Leicester
3 years at Mind, Kettering
3 years at Rutland House Counselling & Psychotherapy, Leicester
3 years at Victim Support, Leicester
Membership in professional bodies
United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance (PPS)
Registered with Aviva and AXA Healthcare
I abide by the ethical codes of UKCP and BACP. I have regular supervision with a UKCP-registered supervisor to ensure that I work effectively. I also attend workshops and courses as part of my continuous professional development.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship issues; living with a difficult diagnosis; having a relative with a mental health problem; self-care and resilience; living with more than one language or culture; recovering from being a victim of crime.
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
The fee for a 50 minute session is £50. The fee for couples counselling is £75 for a session of 75 minutes.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
I have special expertise in a number of areas:
Self-care to look after yourself during times of stress (1-4 sessions).
Living with a person with a mental health problem.
Managing life around chronic illness or a long-term condition.
Issues around migration, e.g. exploring your identity, moving countries, or cultural conflicts in the family.
Recovering from being a victim / witness to crime.
Long-term psychotherapy with the aim to facilitate psychological transformation.