I am an experienced family and systemic psychotherapist, based in Central Stratford, offering therapy to individuals, couples and families.
While there are many different reasons for seeking therapy, I believe many of us are likely to experience difficulties at some time in our lives, or have times when we want to make changes in our relationship to ourselves and others. Therapy can offer an opportunity to explore our thoughts and emotions safely, look at how we might resolve our difficulties, build on our strengths and enable us to go forward more helpfully and creatively in our lives and relationships. I am interested in offering you time and space to explore what you might find helpful in sorting out difficulties and empower you to make the changes you want to your life as an individual, couple or family.
I am happy to be contacted by phone or email. If I am not available at the time you call, please leave a message and I will get back to you to have a brief initial discussion about what you might want from therapy. As a policy, I like to offer an appointment as quickly as possible to avoid a wait, to hear more about the problem you want help with; changes you want to make, and agree what might be a good way forward, possibly with suggestions and recommendations, should you want this. If only a few appointments are needed, I can arrange these with you on a flexible basis and can also offer regular appointments at weekly, fortnightly or monthly intervals, depending on what we decide together might be helpful. I am able to offer weekend, evening and day time appointments.
In the light of the current situation with vulnerable people and families being asked to isolate themselves, I am happy to offer on line sessions and by telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified, UKCP registered systemic and family psychotherapist and accredited systemic supervisor able to work with individuals, couples and children and families across the lifespan. I originally qualified as a social worker and then trained at the Tavistock Clinic and the Institute of Family Therapy.
My professional training and qualifications are:-
- Advanced Diploma in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy Institute of Family Therapy 2006
- MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy The Tavistock Clinic 1995
- MSc in Social Work CQSW 1979
I also have over 35 years of experience of working with adults, children and families in different organisations including Social Care, the charitable sector and the NHS, having been a Consultant Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in a Child and Adolescent Service for many years. I now work as an independent family and systemic psychotherapist seeing individuals, couples and families as well as teaching family and systemic psychotherapy, supervising colleagues and consulting to family and systemic practice in different organisational contexts.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with relationship difficulties across childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older life.
Addressing loss and bereavement, illness, separation and divorce across the life cycle
Working with work related issues and stresses
Looking to develop and support resilience within and between people in family and organisational contexts
My fees are:
£90.00 for individual sessions of an hour and 15 minutes
£100.00 for family and couple sessions of an hour and a half
The timing and pacing of sessions can be discussed and agreed when we first meet and will be regularly reviewed as part of our work together. I am, on occasion, able to offer a concessionary arrangement if you are unwaged or in financial difficulty. In the light of the current social and financial uncertainty, I am happy to negotiate the cost of sessions individually, if this would make it possible for people who want to access psychotherapy to do so, so please contact me to discuss your particular circumstances.