MSc, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor
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I offer a confidential space to explore issues that are troubling you. I believe that we are all born with the resources and ability to be in rewarding contact with each other. I also believe that we have the capacity to understand the cause of our own distress and that we have the resources necessary to live, grow and change in ways that are beneficial to us. However sometimes we get stuck in fixed patterns and beliefs about ourselves and need some assistance to resolve our difficulties. I offer support via a therapeutic relationship that is collaborative and grounded in openness and confirmation of you, and which supports you to see your situation more clearly and find new more creative ways to resolve your difficulties. I help you to explore in an effort to understand yourself more fully so that you may discover more possibilities for yourself.
My way of working reflects a relational understanding of ourselves and emphasises the importance of connection to others and relationship throughout life. I offer a holistic approach, focusing on collaborative exploration of all elements of your experience and what your unique experience is and means. Core outcomes include raised self-awareness and improved self-acceptance and self-confidence, healthier functioning, better self-regulation and contact with yourself and others, feeling freer to be yourself and more authentic relationships.
In working with couples, my style is also informed by a relational understanding of ourselves that emphasises the importance of connection and attachment to others throughout life and which is needed to support our self development. I work with you to support and facilitate greater awareness of and contact with each other.
Presenting issues that could be brought to sessions include: relationship problems, stress, anxiety, sexuality and intimacy, depression/post-partum depression, anger, bereavement, career problems, family issues, low confidence and self-esteem, abuse and trauma issues, crisis and transition issues including separation and divorce, parenting and carer issues, living with medical conditions and major illness and relocation and unemployment problems. I have particular experience in counselling for depression and I have a specialist training and interest in early developmental trauma, working with people who have experienced abuse and with adult survivors of childhood developmental trauma.
I view psychotherapy as both a means to health and personal and relational growth and development as well as offering relief from symptoms of distress such as anxiety and depression.
I can offer open ended psychotherapy as well as time focused therapy (6-12 sessions) depending on your individual need.
Based in Dorking, I am within 30 minutes of Guildford, Epsom, Redhill, Banstead, Leatherhead, Sutton, Kingston-upon-Thames, Horsham and Esher/Walton-on-Thames.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified UKCP registered/accredited psychotherapist (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College), with an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I trained at the Metanoia Institute, London, which is widely regarded as one of the most rigorous, robust and high quality psychotherapy trainings available. My registration with the UKCP means that I have been accredited by a professional organisation that sets and monitors the highest standards for psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. I abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics.
I have further training in transactional analysis, advanced assessment skills, mindfulness practice, couples work, contemporary trauma practice and integrative relational supervision. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice (Relational Change), a Post Graduate Certificate in Couple Work and a Certificate in Supervision (Metanoia Institute).
I also have training and experience in organisational development and change strategies with a further Masters degree from Surrey University.
Before training as a psychotherapist I worked extensively in finance as a chartered public finance accountant. As I developed my career I became more interested in my personal development. Psychotherapy offers me a way to focus on this through attention to my own process and relationships.
I have a wide range of experience as a psychotherapist working both time focused and longer term and with a broad range of issues. I have worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist with a number of agencies including the NHS and Mind. I have also worked as a teacher of counselling and psychotherapy with the Open University and as a Tutor in Humanistic Counselling with Guildford College.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £50.00 to £70.00
Concessions offered for
Therapy begins with an initial consultation session. This gives us a chance to get to know each other, ask me any questions and discuss what brings you to therapy. We can then decide if we both feel we can work together.
Sessions take place once a week and last for fifty minutes for individuals and sixty minutes for couples.
Please contact me regarding my availability and charges. I offer appointments for individuals and couples on weekdays including early morning and evening. For online sessions I charge £50 for individuals and £70 for couples. I offer some lower cost places dependent on earnings, so do ask if needed.
When I work
Please contact me regarding my availability.
I also offer supervision of client work using a relational integrative approach. Further details are on my supervisor profile.