I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with further specialist trainings in both couple therapy and also psychosexual therapy. My clinical framework is psychodynamic, which means that there is some thought given to exploring the past through how it has an effect on your current life. However, I also use behavioural work as and when appropriate in psychosexual therapy to create tailored programmes.
Whether you need help to improve communication and enrich your relationship, or to think about separation and endings I can offer therapeutic support. If you are an individual, stuck in the rut of dubious partner choice, you may benefit from counselling to think through what is keeping you from having a better relationship. Or you may be struggling with major life difficulties like divorce, bereavement, infidelity and need more thinking space to work things out.
I work on an open-ended, long-term basis, but can also undertake short-term work where appropriate. This would be something we would discuss at our first meeting, the initial consultation. Ongoing sessions are 50 minutes long.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a Masters degree in Counselling from the University of South Australia. For many years I lived and worked in Asia and I was struck by how much a strong couple relationship can improve the quality of personal and family life. So when I returned to the UK, I undertook further training at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Individual and Couple Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as an MSc in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.
I work as Clinical Lead at Tavistock Relationships, a well-known centre of excellence for relationship counselling and couple psychotherapy. I co-lead the Mentalization-Based Therapy for Couples workshop and work as a clinical lecturer, tutor and supervisor.
Through TR, I also work as a Training Supervisor on an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) project, Couple Therapy for Depression.
Additionally, I have had experience of working in a sexual health clinic in the NHS, as a psychosexual therapist, as well as working in private practice.
I welcome diversity in all its forms in my practice and have experience working with same-sex couples and people who are questioning their orientation and sexual practice.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in what causes rifts and discord in relationships between people, whether on an emotional or sexual level:
Depression and its effects on relationships
Separation and divorce
Effects of expatriation on relationships (Adult Third Culture Kids)
Cultural differences in relationships
Effects of childhood trauma on adult relationships
Loss of desire in one or both partners or differences in levels of sexual desire
Erectile difficulties, premature and delayed ejaculation
Difficulties in orgasm
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and a member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and I abide by the codes of ethics as set out by these organisations, including the importance of confidentiality.