I help people to feel better about themselves and empowered to make positive changes to their lives. Being truly heard (perhaps for the first time) by someone who will never judge, dictate to, or betray you, can be a profoundly healing experience. With growing trust and commitment, negative thoughts and feelings can be explored, understood and overcome. Regrets about the past and fears for the future can be replaced by fulfilment in the present.
My approach is integrative, drawing on different schools of thought, including psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive/behavioural, to find what works best for each client, the issues that arise and the stage of our therapeutic relationship.
Issues which I have been able to help clients to address include:
- Anxiety, including panic attacks
- Stress, for example at work
- Loss, including relationship breakdown, bereavement and redundancy
- Low self-esteem/shame/identity issues
- Obsessional thinking, including OCD, OCPD and perfectionism
- Overwhelming emotions such as anger, guilt, envy
- Trust and control issues, e.g. in relationships
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Diploma in Counselling Skills
- Trained and experienced bereavement counsellor
- Agency, charity and private practice experience of open-ended and time-limited therapy
- An earlier career in leadership roles in dispute resolution, ethics, communications and international relations for a major professional standards organisation has provided an insight into work-related issues.
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 am currently conducting all sessions by Zoom, with a view to re-introducing in-person sessions in the autumn of 2021.