As an experienced Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (and Complementary Therapist), I offer a warm, empathic, compassionate and non-judgmental approach. I believe it is essential for you to feel connected and safe to the person you're working with.
You may or may not have accessed counselling before but I understand it takes a lot of courage to reach out to someone whom you've never met before. I offer a free 15 minute consultation to help you take the next step to deciding if we can work together.
I work with clients short term and on an open ended basis. This is normally decided within the first few sessions.
Sessions currently take place online or by phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
To date, I have worked in both generic and specialist (LGBT) therapy centres as well as in private practice. Clients have presented with a variety of challenges and have often felt overwhelmed or that there is no one who will really listen to them. Therapy can be a very rewarding process as clients begin to explore and make sense of current challenges and how in some cases past events have shaped them. Many clients begin to feel more integrated and get a deeper sense of who they are.
Having trained in an integrative approach, means I am influenced by a variety of frameworks. This offers clients a creative way of working together as I believe not one approach fits all. Sometimes the work goes beyond traditional talk therapy and explores what is happening on a somatic level and how the body can give us indications of past trauma. Trauma can be processed using various tools. However, the key part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship itself. It can offer rich material to help us both understand what might be happening on a deeper level.
Prior to my training in counselling, I trained in complementary therapies which still inform my practice. I am very interested in how childhood and recent trauma can impact the body.
I also spent over 20 years specialising in mental health in the social care field. This has enriched my ability to connect with diverse communities.
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
£70 based on a 50 minute session.
(Some spaces for people who are on a low wage - please contact for further details).