Highly experienced psychoanalytical psychotherapist offering intensive long term (3-4 times per week), and briefer work (2-30 sessions once a week) to individual adults, as well as couple therapy.
Also counselling, using a flexible approach which addresses cognitive/conscious and unconscious levels.
I work in private practice in Shropshire and am currently External Examiner of the Couples Therapy Course at the Tavistock Clinic.
I have published and taught widely on Inter-professional and Inter-Agency Collaboration drawing on ideas originally developed with Patrick Pietroni, during my three year period as Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Cincinnati.
Clinically, I have a special interest in the work of Wilfrid Bion as applied to both groups and individuals.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Dip Soc Cert MH TQAP (Tavistock Qualification in Adult Psychotherapy).
Qualified first as a psychiatric social worker with solid psychiatric hospital and community mental health experience, including at top management level.
Undertook the four year full time NHS training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic: intensive individual, brief focal individual (Malan model), open ended once and twice a week work, weekly intake assessments over four years, couples and group work. All supervised by senior psycho analysts.
Group relations and organisational training based on both Leicester and Bridger models. Created the Pride and Prejudice in Interprofessional Work 'learning from experience' event. Consulted to the King's Fund Top Management Programme Staff team.
Later: worked for twelve years in front line general practice counselling leading a team and the academic meetings and publishing with Alison Vaspe a book on the experience of moving into front line counselling from specialist psychoanalytical psychotherapy within a resource strapped environment.
Course leader at Masters and MPhil level at Brunel and Westminster Universities over many years.
Currently, elected Governor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (representing Members of the public in the Rest of England and Wales).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual fee for a 50 minute session, varies between £65 and £80.
Couples fee for a 50 minute session is £80.00.
Initial Assessments are usually longer at 1.25 or 1.5 hours pro rata.
As I have a rural practice, I do some work with extra or double length sessions for those who travel long distances.
Little Wenlock is ten minutes from Telford Central Station and five minutes by car from the M54/A5 between Shrewsbury and Telford; 30/40 minutes from Wolverhampton and one hour from Birmingham.
Professional member of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy.
- The Reflective Practitioner in Multi-professional Contexts.
- Sound, Image and Meanings in T.S.Eliot's The Waste Land, using the theoretical work of Wilfrid Bion, Mikhail Bakhtin and Julia Kristeva. This work was later converted into a play entitled 'Ero(e)s which was performed at Dartington College and has recently been revised, exploring gender relationships around the cult of the hero in colonial occupation.
My other interest is in horse-riding. I have competed at national level in show jumping and dressage in France and the UK.