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About me

Welcome

I am a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have years of experience across different settings, such as primary and secondary care NHS services.

I believe that our ways of operating in everyday life are driven by unconscious processes. I think that becoming aware of these processes can help us take up a more active role in our lives and understand our ways of being and thinking better. I believe that the way we relate to the world and other people is rooted in our early life and relationships. Therapy is a space where we can think together about the structures you have developed, the ways in which they serve you as well as how they may have become obstacles in your life.

Areas of specialty

I have particular experience in working with people who struggle with

  • depression and anxiety
  • relationship problems, relationship loss, family issues and loneliness
  • traumatic experiences
  • physical health
  • issues around sex
  • stress, burn-out, work-related issues and career direction
  • creativity and creative processes.

I also work with couples, helping them to understand more about

  • what may contribute to their dynamic and difficulties
  • ways in which unconscious processes shape their relationship
  • communication and ways in which this may be improved.

I want to highlight that it seems to be a common misconception that one has to have an 'issue' to start therapy. Sometimes the issue is that there is no issue and we are not quite sure what is going on. We may feel stuck, hopeless or unsure and therapy can be a tool to shed some light. Importantly, therapy can be a process of creating awareness and change. We will agree on the length of the therapy together; this may be short- to mid-term with a particular focus or long-term to open-ended with a wider angle and more scope to explore the things that emerge.

I welcome clients from all walks of life, no matter their ethnicity, culture, sexuality, gender or disability.

Training, qualifications & experience

In my doctoral training, I trained in person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapy. I believe in the usefulness of different types of therapy and particularly the importance of the therapeutic relationship in therapeutic work. I integrate ideas from different modalities, whilst fundamentally practicing from a relational psychodynamic standpoint. This approach highlights the importance of our early relationships and the unconscious in our way of operating in our everyday lives. The significance of the therapeutic relationship highlights the importance of finding the right therapist with whom you can form a therapeutic relationship. I therefore offer a free of charge initial consultation (15-20 minutes) that allows for a first exploration of the potential of forming this relationship.

I have experience across a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, abuse, domestic violence, a wide range of different traumatic experiences, stress, burn-out and also offer sessions focussing on career direction. I also have experience of working with those affected directly or indirectly by physical health issues. I have a particular interest in physical health and how psychological processes are connected and intertwined with our physical body. I am also very interested in creative processes and particularly music and writing and offer sessions supporting this particular process.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Psychology, PsychD in Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling Certificate, Regent's University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Heriot-Watt University

Professional registration/memberships

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Member organisations

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in physical health, physical health issues and the interaction between physical and psychological processes.

I am also particularly interested in working with creative people and processes, particularly writing and music along with other forms of artistic creation. In my doctoral research, I explored musicians' experiences of listening to music and analysed these based on what they can teach therapists about listening. I was able to learn more about not only listening but also creative processes and how these emerge. If you would like to know more or are interested in working with me to think more about a creative block or explore your creative process, please contact me to discuss further.

Fees

£120.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

I offer an initial phone call (15-20 minutes) free of charge where we can discuss your needs and what you are hoping to get from therapy. You can ask me questions and get a sense of how I work and we can decide whether we want to go ahead and set up an initial meeting. 

Individual sessions: £120
Couples: £150

I have a limited number of concessionary places available for students and those with low-income.

When I work

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Further information

I see clients on a weekly basis and sessions last 50 minutes.

Type of session

In person
Online
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Types of client

Adults
Couples
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