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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
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.
When I work
I offer counselling Monday through Friday from 8:45am finishing by 7:30pm. You may leave messages on my phone and I will return your call.
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.