You are reading my profile and may be wondering whether you could work with me. It may be that your problems feel too overwhelming to share with anyone and so choosing a counsellor might feel difficult. I will provide a safe space where you can choose to explore anything, however worrying. I know that coming to counselling can feel like a big step and that it may have taken a long time for you to reach this point. I will work alongside you in thinking about what you need from me to begin this part of your journey.
As a psychodynamic counsellor, I work with an understanding that unconscious connections arise between client and counsellor which are influenced by early experiences. I believe that these connections can bring about a new awareness and understanding of current difficulties particularly with regard to relationships. Everyone is different and my approach will depend on your needs and goals for counselling. I work with clients who require long-term counselling however shorter term psychodynamic work of around 20 weeks with a specific focus in mind can be very effective. I work with clients who identify themselves in many different ways and with a wide range of problems; whatever your difficulty I will work with you as an individual and at a pace that feels manageable for you. I can work with you either in-person or online depending what is most suitable for your needs and situation.
Choosing a counsellor can feel quite daunting so I offer a free 20 minute call, not counselling, but an opportunity for us to get a sense of whether we think we could work together. The next step, should you wish to proceed, would be for us to arrange a 50 minute assessment. Online counselling is not suitable for everyone; if I considered it not to be appropriate for you, I may suggest in-person counselling or signpost you to suitable alternative sources of support.
Counselling appointments, both in-person or online, are 50 minutes. When considering your availability, I suggest planning in a little private time before your session and afterwards before returning to work or family. Should you decide you would like in-person counselling, appropriate social distancing can be maintained throughout your visit. Free parking is available for 2 hours.
If you would like to book an initial 20 minute call or an assessment, please contact me here.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
I am a BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor and a Registered member of ACTO. I have worked with relationship and sexual problems, with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, substance misuse issues and many other addictive behaviours such as gambling, bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, anger, self- harm and many other issues.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer daytime or evening appointments and work Monday to Friday.