How counselling might help
You may feel you need to talk to someone outside of friends and family about a specific problem or indeed if you are generally feeling low. Talking to a professional counsellor, who will listen without judgement, can help make sense of what is troubling you.
I have been trained in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy which takes into account your life experiences and how they relate to your current circumstances. You can find more information about the different types of counselling on the BACP website.
I have experience of working with adults with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, low mood, bereavement, loss, trauma, work-related stress, addictive behaviour and major life changes like redundancy, retirement and divorce.
I will listen to you empathetically and objectively and will work with you to help you understand yourself and your challenges to enable you to identify any changes you may need to consider.
I offer both time limited and open-ended counselling with regular reviews. The psychodynamic counselling process involves a commitment to regular weekly sessions so that we can work together with your situation.
Finding the right counsellor for you is an important decision. An initial consultation creates time to think about your needs, how counselling with me might work, and your options.
Training, qualifications & experience
After a long teaching career I completed the highly regarded MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck College, University of London. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by its ethical framework.
- MSc (Merit) Counselling & Psychotherapy - Birkbeck College, University of London
- British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) - Registered Member
- BA - University College Cork, Ireland
I have worked for a number of years in community counselling agencies serving the diverse needs of clients in the Thames Valley. I continue this work along with my private counselling practice. I am an active member of the local counselling community and participate in regular Continuing Professional Development to keep up to date with current developments in therapy.
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
I usually suggest a brief telephone conversation, without obligation, to address any immediate questions you might have. The next step would be an initial consultation to discuss in more depth your needs and expectations and agree if it would be helpful for us to work together. This session usually lasts about 90 minutes and my fee for this is £70.
Regular sessions are weekly at the same time each week. The cost of these sessions will be agreed at the initial consultation but my normal fee is £60 per 50 minute session.