Let me start by saying I’ve been to see a psychologist; why mention this? Two reasons: firstly, people often ask me this, so I’ll be up front about it.
Secondly – maybe why people ask – having been “on the other side of the room”, I have had the experience of how hard opening up can be, and how difficult it is to think about “life”. This experience has meant that back on the psych side of the room, I take a genuinely careful and non-judgmental approach to sessions. I begin by focusing on helping people feel comfortable; paradoxically perhaps, this means we are able to get to work on things quite quickly, but importantly, never rushing.
Ultimately, my experience of being the client/patient/whatever word you would like to use, and having worked some things through, means that I build good empathic connections with people. Empathic connection, the literature, and real humans will tell you, is THE most important factor in therapy: more important than the model practised, the time taken, or any other factor measured.
Speaking of the model used, I use Person-Centred foundations, with some psychodynamic methods and CBT exercises to further enhance our work; all this depends on what is happening during our sessions. What any of that previous sentence means is something you might already know, might look up, or can ask me.
I always begin with a – free – 30 minute Zoom, giving people the chance to ask questions and experience my tone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, am a Chartered Member of the British Psychology Society (BPS), and am Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) accredited. If all that jargon means nothing to you, then what it really means is that the relevant bodies have checked me and signed me off to work; that I work within a Code of Ethics; and I am subject to regular training audit.
Additionally, I have worked for the NHS and charities across a number of fields:
- Substance Abuse (Drugs and Alcohol)
- Eating Disorders
I have also worked across the age spectrum from 12 - 75 years old.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
How it works in practice: a brief (up to 30mins) chat on the phone or Zoom to discuss what we’ll be looking at, when we’ll look at it, and what the costs are. This chat should also give you an experience of me, and let you decide if I’m who might help. I start with a 90-minute session (£90) to get take a history of you, and then we work weekly in 50-minute sessions; the cost of these session we discuss in our initial call, but will be between £55 and £110 - though I charge a reduced rate for students.