I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and EMDR Therapist. I am Accredited with the BACP and ACAT and a Member of the EMDR association.
With over 12 years experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I provide a warm, professional and non judgemental space. We can explore together what has brought you to therapy, to understand what is going on for you, to find new ways forwards. Whether that is your past, present or both, I am aware that this exploration can be challenging. I deeply value the process and relationship as unique to each individual person. We will work together towards your aims and goals for your future.
My approach will depend on your needs and your goals. I will be thoughtful about your experiences and respectful to your wishes. Be assured that I have extensive experience when working with a wide range of problems, histories and issues. Working within different settings, such as the NHS and Secondary School, I have a proven record of helping many people to see past what may be troubling them, helping them to no longer feel overwhelmed, trapped or hopeless.
I am based in the Chew Valley, close to Wells, Bath and South Bristol. Surrounding villages include Keynsham, Pensford, Temple Cloud, West Harptree, Chew Stoke, Marksbury, Chew Magna. My practice is run from my home which is in Bishop Sutton, Bristol with plenty of off street parking. I am 10 miles from the centre of Bristol, 13 miles from Bath and 12 miles from Wells.
Training, qualifications & experience
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) (2021)
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (2017)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (2014)
- Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling (2008)
I am a fully qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapist, Psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist. I am Accredited with the BACP and Accredited with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapists (ACAT), and a member of the EMDR association. I am highly experienced in using the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.
Previous employment includes working as the School Counsellor at John Cabot Academy, and working within the NHS for 8 years. As well as School, I have worked with the different approaches mentioned above on short and long term basis in the following settings: GP surgeries, NHS Talking Therapies Service (IAPT), the Complex Needs Service within Community Mental Health Teams in Wells and Berkshire and Maggie’s Cancer Charity. I have also been a supervisor as part of my roles in the Talking Therapies NHS Service and Maggies Cancer Charity.
The range of issues I have worked with includes but is not limited to the following:
- Relationship Issues
- Depression and Anxiety
- Low Self Esteem and Confidence
- Bereavement and Loss
- Identity Problems
- Trauma and Abuse (past and present)
- Sexual Assault and Rape
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Personality Disorders
- Problem Solving
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Self Harming and suicide
- Life Adjustments
- Postnatal Depression
- Parenting difficulties
- Eating Disorders
Prior to training as a Counsellor, I worked therapeutically with individuals and groups for 12 years across a number of settings including charities and the prison service.
I work in accordance with BACP and ACAT's code of ethics and practice and am Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checked.
The Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy
The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) is a registered charity. They welcome members of the public, health professionals, ACAT accredited professionals, and anyone interested in finding out more about CAT. They list CAT practitioners.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
What is Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) and EMDR?
CAT works with relationships past and present, to help you to understand your unhelpful patterns and why you relate to yourself and others in the way that you do in the present. There will be some work between sessions in the form of work sheets and monitoring. Please take a look at the ACAT website for more information: http://www.acat.me.uk/page/about+cat
EMDR - Is a technique used to process trauma through the body, which has become stuck in the past, in a moment in time. Trauma, of any kind, can including losing a loved one, being bullied (past or present), having an unhappy home as a child or feeling insecure, having an accident, being abused or violated (as an adult or child), witnessing something traumatic such as domestic violence, an accident or parental illness, amongst many many other examples. EMDR also works to eradicate phobias. It has been proven to be affective in reducing or eliminating PTSD symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, disconnect, disociation), anxiety, depression, anger / rage, self harm, suicidal ideation, relationship difficulties, amongst many other problems. To look into this more, go to the website: https://emdrassociation.org.uk/