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 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.
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.
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per 50 minute session.
Located in Easton, Bristol, BS5.