The therapy that I practice offers a safe and secure space in which the client is supported to approach the issues they wish to bring to the session, in order to initiate the changes necessary for health. The use of the sessions may change over time as the therapist, and client adapts to the particular needs required. Words are vital for this and, in the case of music therapy, music can also be used creatively - without any need for previous experience or skill - the shared musical experience further enabling the interaction, leading to the pursuit of therapeutic goals. These goals are determined by the therapist’s understanding of the client’s expressed and personal needs. It should be stressed that the music in the session is not played to the client but with. The music, for example, can be most of the session or none at all, depending on the client's needs or desire to use it.
The sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. They are weekly because of the requirement to maintain continuity and develop the process of the sessions. Anything less frequent makes it more difficult to maintain these securely. This obviously requires a big commitment but one which, hopefully, is reflected in the outcomes.
The duration of the course of therapy can be discussed at the outset or decided further down the line. Some people require only a few sessions while others prefer something much longer term.
The developing and supportive nature of the therapy aims, over time, to enable understanding and to help articulate the client’s desire for change or healing; or simply to attempt to find a way through the sometimes seemingly impossible situations we find ourselves in. The terms 'psychodynamic' or 'psychotherapy' merely refer to the belief that certain issues can arrive out of our own experiences and often inhabit us with less consciousness than we require. By giving form and understanding to these issues in a safe and empathetic environment we can begin to change our relationship to them.
I am interested in working with adults on a 1-1 basis and provide a confidential and peaceful space in Central Bristol.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an HCPC registered professional Music Psychotherapist with 15 years experience working in a variety of different settings, including the NHS, a children’s hospice and adult mental health groups. I offer a non-judgemental, person centred approach to therapy for a wide range of client groups. I also have safeguarding training to level three.
I came to psychotherapy through my involvement in inclusive playwork and interest in psychoanalysis, both of these being very much influenced by the psychoanalyst DW Winnicott. As a practising musician and artist, this led me to train as a Music Psychotherapist at Roehampton University, qualifying in 2006.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£45 per 50 minute session.
Located in Easton, Bristol, BS5.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays 9am to 5pm with some evening sessions available.
Types of client