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I am a skilled and experienced Counselling Psychologist accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the UK. I completed the required six years full time Masters training programme in South Africa to become a psychologist and graduated in 1998.
Psychology in practice deals with the science of human behaviours and the complexities of the human brain and how it manifests in a person's life. My approach involves, together with the client, identifying and creating a clear and in depth understanding of all the factors that contributed to the clients current symptoms. Based on this information we identify the underlying causes of the current symptoms. Once this is clear, we agree on goals in therapy and the therapy pathway or treatment plan. This includes which therapy techniques will be appropriate. My approach is fairly directive; processing historical experiences and suggesting new skills for the future.
I draw from a wealth of skills I have acquired over the 23 years of practise. These include CBT skills, trauma processing skills, life skills, relationship skills, etc. DBT skills include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal skills.
I am passionate about helping people to understand and accept themselves but at the same time implementing the necessary changes to live a productive and fulfilled life.
- Psychotherapy - trained in Counselling psychology, I mainly use an integrative approach.
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Narrative Approach to Eating Disorders
- Somatic Intervention
- MBTI type for individuals and couples
- Spiritual approach (Christian)
- Skills coaching
Training, qualifications & experience
As a psychologist, who takes a scientific approach to human behaviour, I am trained in numerous therapy modalities and use them interchangeably based on the client's needs. I am qualified to diagnose mental health problems as well as to perform psychometric tests.
My career started in forensics, working in a medium security prison in South Africa for five years. From there I moved to work in a specialist inpatient clinic for more than 10 years. I became highly skilled in facilitating the twelve step programme, as well as life skills, relapse prevention and psycho-educational groups. In addition to group facilitation, I developed some of the group content material for the psycho-educational program in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients. My role mainly involved one to one counselling sessions with clients and, when appropriate, with the client's family. I carried a weekly case load of clients and did intense psychotherapy with each client, seeing each client up to 4 hours per week for a minimum of 3 weeks per client.
I ran a successful private practise, concurrent with my full time employment, for 15 years. I have vast experience working with adults with dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, eating disorders and addiction.
I have attended numerous post-graduate training courses to broaden my skills in a wide variety of fields. I am trained in working with children and use numerous child therapy techniques. I am trained in working with trauma and have done, and continue to train, in trauma work. I am fully qualified as an EMDR therapist.
I am experienced in teaching and life coaching and have run life skills groups including stress management, time management, communication, conflict management, co-dependency, boundaries, relapse prevention and mindfulness in a specialist clinic in South Africa and the Priory in the UK. I have developed a relapse prevention template used by a specialist clinic in South Africa and the Priory.
I have been the responsible clinician for delivering the DBT informed programme at Priory Woking for the past three years and have done in person and online groups.
University degrees are:
- B.Soc. Sc. (UOFS, SA) (3 years full time)
- B.Soc. Sc. Hons. (UOFS, SA) (one year full time)
- Masters (Counselling Psychology) (US, SA) (2 years full time including one year placement)
- EMDR (Level I, II & III)
- MBTI (Step I & II) (accredited user) & MMTIC (children's version)
Completed the following CPD courses:
- Introduction to Somatic Experiencing (2 days in 2018)
- Various summits, webinars and trainings in Trauma
- Somatic Psychology: Enhancing Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (3 hour seminar in 2018).
- Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Integrating and Working with PTSD, Complex PTSD and Adverse childhood Events from an Attachment Perspective (3 hour seminar in 2018)
- EMDR therapy and Mindfulness for trauma focused care (3 hour seminar in 2018).
- DBT (APT Masterclass level)
- CBT: Working with deliberate self-harm (1 day in 2018)
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British Psychological Society
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£90.00 per session
I submit invoices directly to the Private Medical Insurance companies.
Private funding fee is £90.
When I work
Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesdays 9:00 - 18:00
Wednesdays 09:00 - 18:00
Thursdays 09:00 - 15:00
Fridays 09:00 - 15:00
Send me an email or a text message requesting an appointment. I prefer this way of contact over a phone call. If you are concerned regarding confidentiality only use your first name and do not put in identifiable personal details e.g. date of birth in the message.
I will contact you within 24 hours of receiving your email or text message, and suggest a day and time for our first appointment. I am currently seeing private clients on Tuesdays between 9:00 and 15:00.
The first appointment will be an assessment and you can bring someone with you if you feel uncomfortable to see me on your own. I will take a thorough history. I will ask you to complete a personal details form. If you feel comfortable with me in the first meeting, we can discuss your care pathway and agree on a follow up appointment.
The first and subsequent sessions are 60 minutes.
We agree on the frequency of appointments, but normally it is once a week to start off and can be reduced to fortnightly or monthly later in therapy. If you are privately funded I will invoice you and if you have insurance I invoice the insurance company directly.