Counselling enables people to explore difficulties that may be preventing them from moving forward in their lives, whether the concern is with issues in the present or something that relates to the past. I work as a therapist, counselling both individual clients and couples seeking help with their relationships.
I work both psychodynamically and systemically: The psychodynamic approach recognizes that many of our earliest experiences affect us in our present lives and relationships. The systemic approach seeks to address people in relationship to others, how they interact and the dynamics of the relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and a Post-Qualification Diploma in Counselling Couples. With 23 years experience, I have practised in a variety of settings, helping clients ranging in age from 15 to over 80 work through a wide range of personal difficulties and concerns.
I have a particular interest in working with parents on parenting skills; expectant and new parents, pre-conception counselling, supporting couples before a baby is conceived, fostered or adopted children, and discussing the questions and issues each partner considers about becoming a parent.
I have had five years experience running parenting skills support groups in association with The Parent Network. I have also worked for 10 years in association with PIPPIN (Parents in Partnership – Parent Infant Network) as a practitioner, supporting and educating men and women in the transition to parenthood with parent-infant relationships, supporting men and women with symptoms of Post-Natal Depression (PND), and as a trainer of professionals who work with expectant and new parents.
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.
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
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
I charge a standard hourly fee on each session: £35 an hour to individuals and £45 an hour to couples, with some concessionary places available in certain circumstances. Payments can be made in cash, BACS or by cheque on the day of consultation.
Due to the current health crisis resulting from COVID-19, I am conducting all counselling sessions by telephone or online video link through Skype or Zoom. This is a temporary measure until it becomes clear that it is safe to offer face-to-face couselling.