Psychosynthesis Counsellor & Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
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About my therapy practice
I offer a safe, empathic, confidential space where you can talk openly about personal struggles, without fear of judgement or discrimination. For therapy to work, it is important that you meet with someone who you feel you could develop this kind of trusting connection with. If you think you may want to work with me as a therapist, I would suggest meeting to see whether it feels like we could work well together. An introductory call would give us an opportunity to talk it through before booking a first session.
If we decided to proceed, initial sessions would usually be spent exploring current issues, alongside possible connections with experiences from earlier in life, enabling us to develop a shared understanding of your story. In subsequent sessions I would draw on a range of therapeutic approaches in response to your presenting issues. As well as talking I often find it helpful exploring imagery, dreams or embodied feelings, and sometimes use art materials or guided meditations to facilitate this.
Over time, as a deeper level of empathy and trust develops between us, issues may come to light in the therapeutic space that were not the ones that initially led you to seeking therapy, but which may turn out to be equally important in healing psychological wounds and enabling you to move forward in life.
Special areas of interest
- Self acceptance, as a starting point for therapeutic change – across the whole spectrum of diversity, especially aspects of one’s self that haven’t been accepted by others.
- The healing power of compassion – including a deeper understanding of one’s personal story, within an intergenerational family system, against a wider cultural backdrop.
- Times of transition – when we feel stuck, as if something internal needs to be resolved to move forward, whether in response to external life events or an emerging inner ‘calling’.
- Spiritual crises – when previous certainties no longer seem to hold true, requiring deeper soul searching, sometimes amidst conflicting pressures from significant others.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I am a Psychosynthesis Counsellor (BACP registered), and a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (BABCP accredited), with experience of working with both individuals and groups. I draw on these two modalities, as well as other complementary trainings, in an integrative approach to psychotherapy. Alongside my private practice I also work in the NHS, helping people recover well-being in the aftermath of crises of mental health.
Over the years I have also had the good fortune of receiving mentoring from a number of very experienced psychotherapists and trainers in complementary approaches including: mindfulness in relationship; compassion focused therapy; acceptance & commitment therapy; EMDR; and narrative exposure therapy.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This means that I have completed training approved by these two professional associations, and that I continue to adhere to required standards of practice, including having my work professionally supervised and being committed to ongoing professional development.
Having practiced Buddhist meditation for many years, I am interested in the overlap between spiritual practice and psychological therapy. I have naturally gravitated towards approaches overlapping these two worlds, including Compassionate Mind Training, with its emphasis on the healing potential of developing a kinder attitude towards oneself and others. Psychosynthesis, with its dual focus on healing old psychological wounds and emerging new potential, offers an individual approach to restoring soulful connection, which has enabled me to explore such terrain across boundaries of religious belief.
Many schools of psychotherapy require therapists to make a long term commitment to their own personal therapy. In my case seeing a therapist has helped me find a way through some difficult phases of my life, and I draw on this experience in my own work as a therapist.
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
£65.00 per session
My usual fee is £65 for a 50 minute session. I can offer a limited number of concessions for people facing genuine financial hardship.
When I work
Ongoing sessions are weekly, usually at the same time every week. I currently have available spaces on Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Psychosynthesis – Psychotherapy with Soul
Thomas Moore, in his book of the same title, suggests care of the soul as a translation of the word psychotherapy, and it is one that I strongly resonate with. Soul here refers to a bigger perspective of our self and others, including usually unconscious depths and heights. Psychosynthesis is about bringing more of this bigger Self into consciousness, enabling us to live more in tune with the whole of our being, and to develop more soulful relationships with those around us and with the natural world.
Over the course of our lives we all develop survival strategies, including suppressing aspects of our nature to avoid rejection from others, sometimes losing connection with our soul in the process. Therapy at its best provides a supportive relational space where we can welcome back into consciousness and re-integrate some of these exiled parts of our Self. Participating in such a therapeutic process is not always easy, but it can enable psychological wounds to heal and open the possibility of new ways of being.