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MBACP (Snr.Accred.)

About me

Are you trying to find peace of mind by managing anxiety/depression/anger? Is low self-esteem, or lack of confidence, holding you back? Are you struggling with communication/trust difficulties in a relationship, or experiencing loss? Working together we can explore how thoughts, emotions, behaviours and relationship dynamics can interact - and the possible influence of past experiences/relationships. My role is to help you to identify possible helpful shifts in thinking, behaviour and communication - and to support you in the process of making changes.

I've been working with a range of different mental health issues for over 20 years (see 'Areas of counselling' below). I see individuals and couples for both brief and longer-term therapy. I work collaboratively, adapting my approach to the needs and objectives of each person or couple - and there will be an emphasis on your strengths and resources in dealing with real-life issues. I've a particular interest in working with men's issues - which can be helpful for male clients and their partners/others in further understanding the male psyche.

Appointments are presently by online video or 'phone. If you’d like to discuss further, I suggest you 'phone me in the first instance, so that you can tell me more about what you’re looking to work on - and check practicalities such as possible appointment times.

Training, qualifications & experience

I initially qualified as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and, subsequently, as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Couple Therapist. I've also undertaken post-qualifying trainings in CBT, EMDR, Clinical Supervision, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness.  I've worked in a range of settings including GP's practice, counselling agencies, EAP providers and private practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Men's issues.

Fees

Additional information

  • Individual appointments from £46.
  • Couple appointments from £65.
  • Clinical supervision appointments for individuals from £50. 

Please contact  me by 'phone for further information, or to discuss an initial appointment/check potential appointment times.

When I work

Weekday daytime and evening appointments (subject to availability).

Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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