I have 20 years experience working in private practice and am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the leading national body for the accreditation of psychotherapists. I use an integrative approach drawing on humanistic, psychodynamic and transpersonal therapies. I offer relational psychotherapy, body-inclusive psychotherapy, trauma therapy and couples therapy (for more details, see section below 'Any further information').
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree and Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, 2005.
Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2015.
I completed a training in Somatic Trauma Therapy in 2014 with trauma specialist Babette Rothschild.
I am currently completing a diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy (ERT).
I have worked for the NHS as an addictions counsellor and taught on several counselling trainings. For the last decade, I have run counselling and interpersonal skills trainings, group supervision and facilitation for organisations in the voluntary and private sectors.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
I currently charge on a sliding scale between £55-£75 per 50 minute session for individuals. For couples, sessions are an hour long and I charge on a sliding scale between £65-£85. In setting my fees, I am trying to be realistic about charging an amount that both reflects my experience and is a meaningful amount to pay based on people's different incomes. As a guide, the amount of money should be meaningful to you without being too restrictive.
If you would like to discuss if psychotherapyis what you are looking for, please contact me to make an appointment. A successful therapy depends on a good therapeutic relationship so it's advisable to see several therapists before you make a decision. I know from experience this 'shopping around' can prove expensive and so I offer a free initial consultation of 30 minutes to give you the opportunity to meet me, ask any questions you may have and for us both to see whether I am the right person to help you (offer not open for couples therapy).
Relational Psychotherapy tends to take place weekly and is most effective when there is a longer term commitment over months or years. It involves an in-depth exploration of the unconscious patterns which underlie the difficulties people are experiencing in relationship with themselves and others. Many of our beliefs, reactions and defences are outdated strategies from childhood that are now creating more difficulties than they solve and restrict the full expression of who we are. They operate out of our conscious awareness and so are difficult to get hold of. By exploring the patterns that keep turning up in our relationships, including the relationship between the client and therapist, we can identify these defences and learn to meet them with increased awareness, understanding and self-compassion. New, more alive and authentic ways of relating to ourselves and others can then evolve.
Body-Inclusive Psychotherapy emphasises working with the body, as well as relationally (see above), as an invaluable part of the therapeutic process. Traditional talking therapies can focus exclusively on the emotional and cognitive aspects of clients' lives and leave the somatic experience out of the room. This approach takes account of the wholeness of our experience, that we have a mind and a body, and are relational and embodied beings. It encourages an exploration of body based experiences such as breath, movement, sensations, gestures and bodily symptoms. This way of working can be valuable for anyone who wants to experience more vitality, well being and connectedness with themselves. It can be particularly helpful to people who feel estranged from their bodies or who experience persistent bodily symptoms.
My approach to trauma therapy combines traditional talking therapy with techniques from Somatic Trauma Therapy which emphasises body awareness in the treatment of trauma. Recovering from traumatic experiences often requires talking about what has happened but it is now increasingly understood that it also needs to be worked with somatically. Our bodies need to process stressful and traumatic events, as well as our minds, and this can happen through simple body awareness and also breath and movement. This way of working can help people affected by:
- a single traumatic incident e.g. an accident
- developmental complex trauma e.g childhood abuse
- people who may have developed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In couples therapy, I aim to provide an opportunity for a couple to explore their problems in a supportive and safe atmosphere that facilitates mutual understanding and the development of their relationship.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client