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MA Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 22nd August 2022

About me

I am away now and not able to respond to enquiries until 22nd August.

I am an experienced, UKCP accredited therapist offering one-to-one psychotherapy with adults (18 and over). Sessions are 60 minutes,  in normal times face to face, usually weekly.

I work in person, with a protocol in place to minimise the risk around Covid.  I use Zoom occasionally when necessary, but don't take clients for online-only work.

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:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • bereavement
  • trauma and abuse
  • low self esteem
  • life-threatening illness
  • high sensitivity
  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy


£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Additional information

£55 per 60-minute session.

Further information

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 and cycle routes (Concorde Way) and within easy reach of the city centre.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults