I am a qualified and experienced psychodynamic counsellor who works with Individuals and Couples. My background is in the mental health sector with individuals, children and families and I also work as a staff counsellor at Gloucestershire Counselling Service. I have had many years experience of working directly with people with emotional and psychiatric problems as well as children and families and also as an Honorary Psychotherapist working with adults.
My approach is to set up a confidential and empathic environment in which we can work, exploring the past histories of clients, and current circumstances. However, as a psychodynamic counsellor I am particularly interested in how you relate to yourself and others and will use understandings of the unconscious mind and your deeper most expressive self, including your dreams.
If you wish to discuss being in counselling we will meet to discuss your concerns and what you want to achieve from your counselling.
It is my experience that therapeutic work can enable lifefulness, creativity, growth into maturity and acceptance. With couples counselling I will enable you to feel safe and to be heard and we will work together to enable communication and thinking. As a couple it is hoped that you will be able to take such skills forward whilst developing an understanding of what has brought you both to the current situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
BH Degree (Digby Stuart College, 1981)
Post Graduate Diploma in Social Administration ( London School of Economics, 1986)
MSc Social Work Studies ( London School of Economics, 1990 )
CQSW ( London School Of Economics, 1990)
Foundation Degree Psychodynamic Studies (UWE) 2013
Diploma Psychodynamic Practice Westminster Pastoral Foundation, (2013)
Post Graduate Associate Year Gloucestershire Counselling Service (2014)
Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards Training ( University West England 2015)
Continous Professional Development ie further training and Supervision to maintain registration with British Psychoanalytic Council
Supervised Social Work practice in Community Mental Health and Child Protection, ex Samaritans Counsellor, honorary Psychotherapist St Bernards Psychotherapy Department and West Middlesex Psychotherapy Departments, Staff Counsellor Gloucestershire Counselling Service (assessor and counsellor).
Registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) It is possible to check their website for information about conditions for registration such as ethical requirements, competencies, education and training etc.
Registered with and accredited by British Psychoanalytic Council. It is possible to check their website for information concerning criteria for acreditation.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ageing and menopause
Foster Parent support
Risk Taking Compulsion
£45 assessment fee for Individuals (90 minutes)
£40 per session
£50 assessment fee for couple (90 minutes)
£45 for couples