Life is, at times, very difficult. I believe the better we understand ourselves in all our complexity the greater chance there is we can live a fuller life. I have a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental approach to considering the deeper issues that may still be causing us problems in our present lives.
I have completed trainings in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Art Therapy And psychodynamic supervision. Over the years I have had experience of working with adults of all ages from teenagers to the elderly struggling with a varied range of difficulties and unhappiness.
I usually work with individuals on a long term basis for between one and three times a week but I am happy to work with those who prefer to consider a shorter term commitment. I have my own comfortable consulting room.
I offer an initial meeting at a reduced fee to enable us to meet and get to know each other a little so that we feel compatible before embarking on a longer arrangement. I strongly believe the quality of the relationship is central to the work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma from The Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies. I am also a psychodynamic supervisor with a Diploma from the Society of Analytical Psychology.
Over the years I have also attended a wide variety of short training courses and workshops.
My other qualifications are a Diploma in Art Therapy, a BA in Art and Design and I was originally a qualified occupational therapist. This varied professional background has widened my experience of different client groups. I am familiar with the fields of mental health, the disabled, elderly people, young adults on the autistic spectrum, palliative care and abstaining addicts as well as the variety of individuals who visit my private practice. I have worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS in an honorary capacity for over a decade.
I am a member of UK Council for Psychotherapy, the Health Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists.
I have held posts at a hospice, educational establishment, therapeutic community for abstaining addicts as well as the NHS, and, in an earlier professional capacity, with the Social Services Department.
I hope you are able to take the time to visit my website www.darking.co.uk for a wider range of information.
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.
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
I make the decisions about who and how I work with my patients once we have met and been able to consider a working relationship. I would not expect my patients or myself to make a decision because a tick was in a box. Meeting first is important.
The Initial Interview fee is £40.00
The Fees for ongoing sessions are £45.00 to £55.00
Psychotherapy sessions last for 50 minutes. Art Therapy sessions last for an hour.
Supervision fee £55.00
weekdays only, sessions by mutual agreement.
Watford has easy access from the M1 and the M25. There is free off road parking with some time restrictions.
My consulting room is four minutes walk from Watford Tube Station and a half hour walk or a bus ride from Watford junction Station or the town centre.