I tune into clients using their verbal and non-verbal communication. I have a lot of experience working with clients who struggle to express themselves, and am adept at coming alongside.
I have creative materials available for those who find this an easier way to share their world. My rooms are situated within a therapy centre on a peaceful leafy street. The centre is easily accessible with plenty of parking and a bike rack; or a brief walk or bus ride from Temple Meads station.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is in Integrative Counselling from BCPC. This means that I use a mix of a humanistic background (which helps to enter a person's world from their own perspective) with therapeutic use of the arts to aid expression and techniques to help with recalcitrant patterns. I have a special interest in Gestalt techniques which can offer clients a way to not just talk about but enter their experiences and come through the other side.
My previous Psychology degree gave me a cognitive grounding in mental health issues and human development. Neuropsychology has particularly given me a passion for the power people possess to heal.
I also have two years of family therapy training and am keen on helping systems to shift.
I am the Director of a bereavement centre in Bristol and have led a school based therapeutic service in Bath. These have involved working with various client groups, age groups, whole families and professionals. They have provided me with further training in many areas such as sand trays; dreamwork; brief work; safeguarding; story work etc.
I have worked particularly with mental health issues, issues of loss, identity-formation and the many transitions in life which we have to navigate.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General difficulties in expressing yourself and/or being understood
I charge £50 for individual sessions. It is £75 for couples. I do charge for initial sessions as I find them rich foundations for a productive therapeutic relationship. Generally when people come to meet me we do begin working together but if after the first session you decided not to, I would only charge you half the fee. I hope this means that you will find the right practitioner for you without too much outlay either emotionally or financially.
I do work some evenings when spaces arise. If you would like to consider working with me lets meet initially to think about what you need and how we connect. If we agree to continue working together we can think about whether we work to a timescale or whether open ended work might be beneficial, reviewing as we go.