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Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Registered MBACP

About me

Are you anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, struggling to function? Are you generally fed up and low, perhaps without really knowing why? I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, offering weekly one to one sessions with adults, online, via Zoom.

Asking for help like this can be such a difficult step, especially when faced with so many choices. With very limited resources available through the NHS, how do you know what is right for you or who to trust, especially when you feel vulnerable?

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I am included on the first accredited psychological therapist’s register set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. This means that I meet the rigorous, professional standards expected by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. 

I have many years of experience and have worked as the Senior Counsellor for a reputable Counselling Agency in Frome and Bristol, as well as my private practice in Bath. In addition to working extensively with depression, anxiety, anger, trauma and relationship difficulties, particular areas of interest include:

  • Autism and neurodivergence: working with individuals whether they  self identify as autistic, suspect they may be neurodivergent and wish to explore this further, or people who have received a diagnosis, but have limited or no support. I also work with individuals who have a close family member or partner who is or may be neurodivergent, perhaps a parent, child or partner for example. 
  • Loss: of a loved one, relationship, job, identity, personal authority, hope, the life we had planned for ourselves etc.
  • Students and young people from age 16+: struggling with studies, relationships and living away from home.
  • Bullying, discrimination and prejudice whether ongoing or experienced in the past, in all sorts of settings and environments.

While sometimes the cause of pain seems clear, often, this is not the case and you may not understand why you feel the way you do, fearing judgement or being told that you have nothing to complain about, or thinking that you should be over something that has upset you by now.

Sometimes there are well meaning friends and family around who want to help, but it may feel like the level of difficulty is too great to talk with them as you need to. You may feel ashamed, embarrassed, fearful of burdening them or being misunderstood. Perhaps relationships with loved ones is complicated and despite their best efforts, talking with them can make things feel worse, causing things to escalate, especially if they are part of the problem. For some, there is simply no support available. In all cases, this can leave you feeling very isolated and alone.

I provide a safe, confidential, non judgemental, space for you to talk with me about whatever is troubling you. I work psychodynamically which means that I look carefully with you at your whole life experience. All of your thoughts, feelings and instincts are important and need to be heard and respected in order to gain insight and understanding. Sometimes there is a particular difficulty in the present that you need help with and want to focus on. However, often present difficulties have links with your childhood, with patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that are unconsciously repeating themselves, causing chaos in your life. These patterns may have been necessary at some point in your life, but can become outdated, unhelpful and even destructive.

I work alongside you and think with you about your current difficulties and where appropriate notice with you how these may link up with past events, as well as how these old dynamics may be unconsciously set up in the room with me. This allows space for a self awareness that enables you to bring about change and find new resources within yourself to move forward. While therapy at times can be a painful process, it is also an empowering one, giving you back control of your life and an ability to thrive rather than just survive.

So what happens next?

If any of this resonates with you, just send me an email or leave me an answer phone message, whatever you prefer. I will contact you to arrange an initial session. 

At the initial appointment we will have 50 minutes to talk and think about what is bothering you and explore whether psychotherapy feels right for you.

Once we have agreed to work together, we can decide on a convenient regular time to meet for ongoing, weekly sessions at the same location. I usually work long term, but can offer either short term or open ended sessions. This is something that we can discuss further when we meet in relation to your own particular needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training/Qualifications:

I have undertaken a 6 year advanced clinical training in Psychodnamic Counselling and Psychotherapy:

  • Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (BPC and WPF accredited)
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.(BACP and WPF accredited)
  • WPF Foundation in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • CIPD Postgraduate Management Foundation Programme, UWE, Bristol

Experience:

  • Senior Psychodynamic Counsellor, Intake Assessor and lead for all therapists and trainees working for Bristol based Psychodynamic Counselling Agency
  • Psychotherapist for Psychodynamic Counselling Agency at various Frome locations.
  • Psychotherapist in private practice, Bath.
  • Personal Tutor for Diploma students at Frome based Counselling Agency.
  • Counsellor for Student Counselling Service, Bath College.
  • I am also experienced in Management, Human Resources, Finance and Contracts.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Additional information

Please call or e-mail to discuss fees and availability for an initial session.

When I work

Monday to Thursday daytime hours. No evenings or weekends.

Further information

I accept referrals from GPs, health visitors, charities, midwives and employers.

I have full professional indemnity insurance.

The Practice Rooms, 26 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, Banes, BA1 1RH

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Zoom