I conduct a discreet, private practice in Oxford where I work with both individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, offering a range of supportive, effective therapies:
Provides an opportunity to develop a greater understanding and clarity of your difficulties. Together we can identify ways to improve your daily life by relieving insecurities and ministering to wounds, traumas, vulnerabilities. I will support you in successfully implementing the changes you decide to make. I integrate my knowledge by drawing on elements of different therapeutic approaches – offering a safe place to discuss, explore and address your goals and concerns. Some of the reasons why you might seek help:
- Addictions- Drug & Alcohol
- Anxiety and depression
- ‘Stuckness’ and lack of meaning
- Personal development and self-esteem concerns
- Life stages and crisis
- Childhood Trauma
Sexual problems are some of the most embarrassing and difficult issues many of us face. My practice is a safe, confidential and supportive environment where individuals or couples can be completely comfortable expressing themselves on their most intimate psychosexual issues. For several years, I worked in the Oxford NHS Sexual Health Clinic as a psychosexual therapist. Through the Rape Crisis Centre I have supported women whose lives had been darkened by rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse. I have successfully treated:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Rapid or delayed ejaculation
- Desire or arousal difficulties
- Painful intercourse
- Sexual identity
- Sexual shame
- Compulsive behaviour (Porn/Sex)
- Sexual health
- The impact of childhood sexual abuse
- Gender and sexual diversities: (LGBT/non-monogamies/kink)
I am passionate about people experiencing sexuality as an integral and joyful part of themselves. I hope to encourage an emphasis on sensuality and pleasure rather than what is a gendered, cultural and social performance. For the client to explore what works best for them and to become more open to having a good-enough sexual experience.
At present, I also facilitate retreats and workshops by creating a unique experience for people dealing with psychosexual issues. For further information about future retreats please contact me.
The essence of every successful relationship is trust and effective communication. I work with individuals and couples to improve both of these qualities in their daily interactions. By facing one another honestly and learning new ways to relate based on our growing understanding of ourselves and our interactions, we find new ways to avoid and minimize conflict, and build a foundation of trust which is the key to resolving future difficulties.
I use the term Psychosexual Therapy to refer to focused, often time-limited work on particular sexual issues and Relationship Therapy to describe a journey of exploration into the couple’s relationship.
Young people today may encounter a baffling and perplexing range of issues including self-harm, suicide attempts and idealization, eating disorders; anorexia and bulimia, low self-esteem, bereavement, anxiety, sleep problems, anger, depression, drug and alcohol use, gender identity, sexuality, friendship issues, family separation and academic stress. My previous role as a school counsellor in two secondary schools has equipped me to create an environment in which young people feel free to speak openly and honestly about the issues that confront them. That openness is the beginning of healing, and leads to a more perfect sense of self and confidence in achieving a successful, gratifying and fulfilling life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP accredited Psychotherapeutic Therapist andtrained at the University of Oxford with both a Diploma and Masters in Psychodynamic Therapy. I am also an accredited Psychosexual and Relationship Counsellor with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT), and a MBCP member with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Throughout my career I have worked in several fields and draw experience from working as an NHS psychosexual therapist, SMART drug & alcohol counsellor, Cherwell school counsellor, Restore recovery worker for mental health and a line support worker at the OSARCC rape crisis centre.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions last for a full hour and cost £55 for individuals and £70 for couples.
* a limited number of concessionary places are available from £35-50 - please enquire as to availability.
Occasionally I may offer or request a longer session (90 minutes) for couple’s work.
These sessions are charged at 50% more than the standard fee.
I have a private practice in Oxford.