I offer one-to-one psychotherapy with adults (18 and over). Sessions are face to face, usually weekly.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I am currently working online or by phone. I intend to return to working in person when it is safe to do so. For this reason I am only taking on clients who are able to come to my practice room in BS7 for sessions once it is possible.
The decision to seek psychotherapy can be prompted by many things, including:
- specific events in childhood or adulthood
- general feelings of struggle, unhappiness and unease
- feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns
- difficulty creating and/or maintaining relationships
- a search for a spiritual dimension or meaning
The mindfulness-based psychotherapy model supports clients in gaining a greater awareness of the habits, defences and ways of thinking that have developed in response to past experiences. As a baby/child there may be few choices available in terms of how to respond to trauma or difficulty. But if the defences and self-view we developed then are still in use in adulthood, we can end up stuck with beliefs and repeating behaviours that can be limiting and even destructive, preventing the forming of satisfying relationships and perpetuating self-defeating ways of being.
This approach involves bringing compassion to ourselves; not always easy in a culture of high expectations and harsh judgement. In looking deeply at suffering we can change our relationship to it. Paying attention to where there is wellbeing and ease is a key part of the process of transformation.
The issues I work with include:
- relationship issues
- trauma and abuse
- low self esteem
- life-threatening illness
- support for carers
It can happen that the label or diagnosis that we bring to therapy is a symptom of something more subtle, harder to put into words or not yet known to us that needs space and loving attention. Psychotherapy can be challenging and it can also be full of lightness and joy as we begin to uncover a more authentic self and live with greater freedom. I feel privileged to accompany people in this journey of returning to our true self.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed four and half years of training at the Karuna Institute in Devon and have a Masters Degree in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original mindfulness-based courses. I started seeing clients in 2007. I am UKCP accredited.
My background is in general nursing and teaching.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per 60-minute session.
Concessions are sometimes available.
Psychotherapy is a relationship; feeling that your therapist is right for you can be as important as the choice of therapeutic approach. I offer a free first meeting of up to 45 minutes to give you a chance to get a sense of me and for us to see if we can work together.
I work in Ashley Down, close to bus routes and within easy reach of the city centre.
Some sessions currently available.