I am a fully qualified and UKCP accredited Psychotherapist based in North Bristol. I work both with individuals and couples.
Support for Individuals
There are many reasons why you may want to see me. Some sudden event may have thrown you into crisis and challenged your ability to cope. This might include, a difficulty in a relationship; a loss/bereavement of some kind; or a change that has resulted in stress/anxiety and a feeling of being destabilised. Alternatively you may be suffering from a more general, on-going struggle to see any direction or purpose. A feeling of being disconnected from yourself and others and of there being very little enjoyment in your life.
If this sounds familiar to you, how could psychotherapy help? As a psychotherapist, I hope to be authentic and present. My belief is that there is real value in having someone who is impartial who can also provide a confidential space for open inquiry and the sharing of feelings. Someone who can simply be there to listen to you when you feel like things are getting too much but will also be there to challenge you and offer a new perspective when you feel ready for further exploration. I hope that I will bring some of my own humanity and vulnerability into the room and that we may work together in a co-creative way to find a way forward. This is what I aim to bring as a therapist in the hope that this will lead to a greater awareness of your own potential and the blocks that get in the way to achieving it.
Counselling for Couples
Being in a couple relationship is often very challenging. It may be that a sudden event has caused a rift to open up between you both and this has compromised your ability to trust and communicate. Or perhaps there has been a growing distance and there is a desire for one or both of you to reconnect and become more intimate. Perhaps you are wanting different things and it is hard to see a future together. In the process of couples counselling, I will work with you both to find a way forward that honours your individual needs, whilst exploring whether there is a way that you can better connect as a couple.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). As part of my training I spent two years participating in professional peer group supervision as well as conducting client work through the NHS. I have also been seeing clients as part of my own private practice since February 2014.
Prior to starting up in private practice, I spent many years working in the environmental sector for a range of charitable, private and public organisations. Although not directly related to the work I do now, I feel my diversity of experience gives me further insight into types of day to day challenges that some of my clients may face.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
For individuals I charge £45 for a 50 minute session.
For couples I charge £60 for a 60 minute session.