Sometimes things seem too much, or the ways we’ve learned to cope aren’t working anymore and something needs to change. These can be upsetting and need to be managed urgently, but they are also opportunities for personal growth.
This is a general psychotherapy and counselling practice working one-to-one with adults suffering from a wide-variety of difficulties.
My approach is psychodynamic meaning your experience early in life, and how it might permeate your current states of mind and relationships, is something we take seriously. But treatment isn’t about why you may be experiencing psychological pain. Childhood is a point of reference. The thing is getting hold of the complex emotions you feel - showing they can be tolerated and thought about, at first by me then increasingly by us both, and gradually brought under your control.
The regular and reliable sessions help contain situations that feel out of control quite quickly, and will rebalance you over time.
If there is one thing to take from reading this, it's acceptance. We take feelings as they are, although they can be extremely difficult. And we take your personal history as it is, in confidence and without judgement.
My office is on a quiet lane between Midsummer Common and the Grafton Centre in Cambridge, but I also work online supported by a reliable internet connection and specialist training for Online Therapy.
Please make contact to organise a time for a brief telephone conversation. This is to decide if an initial consultation would be useful. At these sessions, whether in-person or online, we discuss your situation and needs, and talk through your personal history. The objective of the initial consultation process is to find the right treatment for you. Sometimes a number of sessions are held before we decide whether to:
. Start open-ended psychotherapy, aimed at moving the deep-seated causes of psychological pain, and start to re-align you with yourself and other people.
. Start counselling for a limited number of sessions, usually not fewer than 16, aimed at easing a particular difficulty.
. Consider referral to a colleague or specialist service.
Special Arrangements for Covid
Since Cambridge entered Tier 4, work will continue online. The necessary social distancing and hygiene arrangements are in place to allow for work in the room if strictly necessary.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (St Andrews), 4-year PGdip Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF/Roehampton), 1-year Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF), Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and Member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
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The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Consultations £60, then negotiable.