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Private Consultant Chartered Psychologist

About me

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Free 15 Minute Initial Video-Call - When you have had a look around, if you think I might be able to assist you, I offer a free initial video-call and a non-judgmental and compassionate space for you to explore your concerns and needs. In this call I will help you decide what type of therapy will be right for you and it also gives you the opportunity to ask me any questions you have and to see if you think we could work well together.  I can only provide one free initial call per client, so if your enquiry is about a family member or friend, please bear this in mind.

Past Experience - Just a little about my experience, I have been working in mental health since I started my post-graduate training in 1999. I qualified as a psychologist in 2005 and spent the next 15 years in primary and secondary care NHS services and in the voluntary sector working with the full spectrum of type and severity of mental health problems.

Current Practice - As an independent psychologist I now specialise in interpersonal relationships, anxiety and depression issues, complex trauma/PTSD and past/present abuse. I draw from a wide range of evidence-based psychological theories and approaches to provide the most appropriate therapy interventions to meet your needs and goals.

Types of Therapy - integrative psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, counselling, life coaching, personal development, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive analytic therapy, relaxation therapy, solution focused therapy & EMDR.

Where & To Whom - I provide sessions via telephone and online video-call, which can be accessed from anywhere in the UK and even when you are abroad if you are a UK citizen or UK resident. I also provide face-to-face sessions for those who prefer this option and who live in Dorset. I work with individuals from 16 years onwards with no upper age limit and with couples and families.

Extra Services - As a compliment to therapy, I make guided meditation and training videos for my clients to enhance both their wellbeing and their learning in therapy. These videos are freely available on YouTube at "Light House Psychology".

Health Insurance - I am accredited to provide psychological services by the following health insurance providers.  AXA PPP (LH02258), BUPA (30042039), Aviva (600106456), VitalityHealth (SP082161). *My provider number is shown in brackets.

Thank you for your time and please do visit my website if you would like more information. If you would like to get in touch, you can call me on 01258 857433 or message me using the buttons at the top right-hand corner of this page and I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Psychology 1999.
  • PG Certificate Counselling & Psychotherapy 2000.
  • Advance Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling 2001.
  • Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy 2001.
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2002.
  • MSc Counselling Psychology 2004.
  • Doctoral level Qualification in Counselling Psychology 2005 (C.Psychol).
  • PG Diploma Cognitive Analytic Therapy 2015.
  • Certificate in Third Wave CBT Therapies 2018.
  • Advanced Certificate Clinical Supervision 2019.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BPS

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic Pain & Pain Management
Long Term Medical & Unexplained Conditions
Sleep Difficulties & Insomnia

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Fees

£85.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Free 15 minute initial online video-call consultation. 

£85 online session (45 minutes) via the Counselling Directory, otherwise fees vary depending on the referral source and funder.

£110 in-person session (45 minutes) available outdoors via Walk-In-Nature during Spring and Summer months only. 

I have some concessionary spaces with reduced fees for those on low incomes and trainees, please do not hesitate to ask.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

09:00-21:00 Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.  The evening appointments from 17:00 onwards are in high demand so may not be available.

Further information

I am accredited by the British Psychological Society (99926) and the Health Care Professions Council (PYL24700) and follow their codes of conduct and ethical standards to ensure I provide the highest quality service and care to my clients.

Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11

Wimborne, Dorset, BH21

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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