Sometimes life can be a little overwhelming, particularly now.
Over my 25 plus years as a BACP accredited counsellor working in Hitchin SG5 with couples, individuals, young people, and students in counselling trainings, I know that stuff happens, and naturally, our relationships sometimes have trouble keeping up.
I have worked in GP practices and voluntary organisations both as counsellor and supervisor, and been in private practice since 1997. I worked with Relate for three years,and have 25 years of working with both individuals and couples, including eight years as an Axa ICAS counsellor.
I have also worked extensively for other Employee Assistance Programs, where I had experience dealing with short term solution focused interventions to deal with specific issues when necessary. However, long term change is often best brought about through longer term work.
Together we have an opportunity to explore how you may have come to view your life. Although I will not tell you what to do, I will encourage you to find your own insights so that you can find more successful ways of resolving your difficulties.
I work with relationship difficulties and breakdown,relationship enrichment, depression, anxiety, anger, a sense of futility or defeat,frustrated expectations, substance dependence, loss, work related difficulties, stress, parenting issues, low self esteem and self confidence,and issues around abuse and boundary setting.
My primary training is both psychodynamic and person-centered. Both this training and my human experience of living as a member of a family and community enrich and inform our work.
Currently we must work online or by phone, so e mail me or phone and leave a message and we can get started.
Whilst few people relish the idea of therapy, it is just possible that we might enjoy our work together!
Training, qualifications & experience
Having spent some years volunteering and training with Relate, I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, and have diversified what I can offer with a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Hertfordshire.
I am a BACP accredited counsellor - this is a post qualification accreditation that requires consistent development, both personal and professional.
I meet with colleagues on a regular basis for ongoing professional development and skill sharing, as well as seeking ongoing professional development as part of my commitment to your work. And also because I like it.
In addition to my private practice I have volunteered as a supervisor with Hitchin Counselling Service and worked for ten years with the then pioneer organisation Axa ICAS offering workplace counselling for employees, from legal counsel and medical practitioners, to educationalists and creatives to lorry drivers and local authority employees.
It is currently necessary for us to work by skype or phone., do e mail me or call to get started. No time like the present.
I welcome and enjoy diversity and variety in my work.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes we defy categorisation.
Our together work might include but is not limited to: couples work and/or individual work- unfulfilled expectations or ambitions, frustration, loss of interest or enjoyment in life, coming to terms with childhood experience, making peace with the past, finding a voice, living with trying family members, wanting to leave the past behind, wanting a more authentic sense of self, wanting to break old patterns of relating, wanting greater freedom of expression or spontaneity, finding out what you need, creating a more fulfilling life, strengthening relationships, increasing communication and intimacy, finding permission for spirituality, creating deeper connections, embracing new roles and dealing with change, creating life after loss, finding the lost parts of yourself, greeting new experience, saying goodbye, finding permission for a sexual self, enjoying appetite, loving your own life. Call me, let's get started.
Concessions offered for
My fees are negotiable according to income throughout this current crisis, and online or by phone.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are once per week.
I arrange first sessions as soon as possible, currently via Skype, Zoom, or phone. Daytime Monday - Thursday 9.30 - 7pm, some weekend sessions may be available by arrangement.
I am located ten minutes walk from Hitchin train station and town centre.
Hitchin station offers access to Cambridge, Welwyn, Stevenage and King's Cross, and stations in between, and I am twenty minutes drive from Luton and St Albans. In better times.
I frequently see clients from Herts, Beds, Essex and North London. Via skype, throughout the world.
If you would like to contact me, please leave a telephone message or e mail and I will get back to you.