I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist. I work with both adults, children and young people. I deal with people who have a wide range of difficulties including:
- self-esteem difficulties,
- relationship difficulties, at home, work, or school
- grief and loss,
- communication difficulties,
- experience of abuse,
- attachment disorders
I use a range of therapies, to suit the person I am working with, but my approach is strongly Person-Centred, taking into account the unique abilities and resources which everyone has to help them move towards a more fulfilling way of being and thinking.
Some of the other therapy perspectives and techniques I draw on, again to suit the person I am working with, are: CBT; solution-focused therapy; Gestalt therapy; NLP; hypnosis; psychodynamic.
I am an approved psychotherapist for the charity Anxiety UK.
I have also worked as a school counsellor. With children, who can often find it especially difficult and sometimes daunting to say what they are feeling, I work with a range of arts materials, for example drawing, painting, modelling, sand-play, stories, and puppets, to help them to express themselves.
I have particular expertise in working with adults and young people with learning difficulties, and with children. I have worked for many years as a speech and language therapist with these groups, and am currently very involved in promoting counselling services to address their emotional needs where appropriate.
Specific techniques such as signing and picture symbols, can also be used with people who have learning disabilities/communication problems in order to help them express matters which are of concern or anxiety to them.
I frequently liaise with other local services where necessary, including schools, CAMHS, and various NHS departments, and will refer on after discussion with clients, if there is a need to do so.
Training, qualifications & experience
Initially I became interested in counselling/psychotherapy while working for the NHS. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, ( UKCP). This requires a 4 year pathway of study, including examinations in mental health, psychotherapy techniques and perspectives, and, counselling methods, as well as supervised practice, before accreditiation.
It is one of the main bodies regulating the profession of psychotherapy in the UK. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy (this involves the use of hypnosis, where appropriate, along with other methods of working as mentioned above); a diploma in Life-Coaching, and a Certificate in Counselling Skills with children, from The Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education.
I am very involved with current issues and developments at UKCP, and am on a committee monitoring minimum standards for therapists working with children and young people.
I also lecture at the Universities of Essex and East Anglia to Speech and Language Therapy students on the subject of child mental health.
All UKCP therapists are required to be in supervision, from a suitably qualified therapist, which provides a confidential setting to reflect regularly on their practice with clients.
I also have regular continuing professional development by attendance at regular workshops, courses, seminars, etc.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
My fees are £45.00 per session. Sessions last an hour. If for any reason a session lasts less than an hour, as is sometimes the case with children, for example, the fee is adjusted accordingly.
Sessions can be booked in an evening, or sometimes during the day by negotiation. Some appointments are also available on a Saturday. Home visits are also sometimes possible by negotiation.
Further information is available on my websites:
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evenings, weekdays and weekends by negotiation