“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” - Carl Jung
Whether it be at home, work, or in your personal life, you may desire to make change and are unsure of where to begin.
You may feel blocked, stuck, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, in a dark place (or all the aforementioned).
Acknowledging something doesn’t feel “right” and making the choice to seek professional help takes courage, so I want to congratulate you in taking this first step towards healing and self-knowledge.
About me and my therapeutic approach
I’m a psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist with more than 18 years of experience working with adolescents and adults both in private practice and in the school setting. My work adheres to and abides by the ethical standards and framework of BACP code of practice.
I provide a confidential, compassionate and safe space free from judgement where we can explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions. I facilitate your self-exploration in a way that enables you to acknowledge the power that lies within you, including your own individual strengths and ability to self-heal.
We’ll work together to understand your current way of being, explore how past experiences stored in your unconscious may become manifest and felt in the present and conscious part of yourself and how these potentially influence, affect and impact your current life.
We’ll work through your personal challenges, explore options, develop strategies to increase your self-awareness and promote personal growth - all with a view to developing a deeper sense of who you are/ the self. Because, when you know who you are, you’re better placed to make conscious decisions that support your values and honour your beliefs as you navigate your life’s journey.
A critical part of my work is the relationship between client and therapist. This relationship is called the “therapeutic working alliance”. This is a unique relationship built on trust and different from any other.
For the therapeutic work together to be the most effective, I acknowledge your individual needs and adapt my therapeutic approach accordingly. This may mean the sessions would benefit from being twice weekly (longer term psychodynamic work), or weekly for short-term solution focused work with an agreed number of sessions.
My work with adults
I have worked with adults for a number of years, both on a long term and short term basis. Many of my adult clients seek therapeutic support to help them navigate life changes, including career transitions, empty nest syndrome, divorce, the so-called “midlife crisis” and other significant life events that can leave the individual feeling an effect on their life. Finding the right therapeutic support at whatever stage in life can be both challenging and rewarding. I encourage you to work with me to find solutions that are both impactful and sustainable. I offer both individual and couples therapy.
Adolescent specialism & experience
I specialise in adolescent therapy. Many of the young people with whom I work are survivors of abuse and /or have experienced severe trauma. My work involves family support groups and individual counselling for parents. I’ve managed a therapy service in the primary and secondary school settings, and have worked closely with social care on family assessments for children placed on the CPR (child protection register).
My work in schools has been diverse and extensive. I offer therapeutic counselling support both within the school setting as well as in school referral units, where the student is excluded from mainstream school for emotional and behavioural problems. My focus is to support the school in re-integration of the student by providing short term solution focused counselling.
I have facilitated group therapy for young people in crisis. I also provide supervision counselling for teaching staff as a group and on an individual basis.
In addition to my private practice and work in schools, I’ve worked for many years as an Assessor for intake counselling within a charitable organisation linked to a training organisation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I’m a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a registered accredited member of BACP, UKCP, CYP. I work long term psychodynamic, short term solution focussed and with CBT.
- WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
- WPF Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- BACP accredited
- UKCP REG
- UKRC independent counsellor
- CYP (counselling young people)
- Member of FPC foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I’m committed to on-going continued professional development (CPD) and attend seminars and training workshops to continually learn and evolve the effectiveness of my therapeutic practice.
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
Concessions offered for
£60-£80 for individual sessions.
Discounts available for those on low-income.
I am able to offer therapeutic support via Skype/zoom.