I'm a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy counsellor, with extensive experience and have been in private practice for over 20 years. My first consultation is free to see if I am the right person to help you change your life and take control.
I specialise in OCD professionally but I have also had a very personal experience with my daughter with severe OCD so this helps me to truly understand the disorder and help others to take control of it and feel well or at least be able to live with it.
I also help with anxiety issues and fears.
My first consultation is free as I like to be able to help you find the right therapist for you.
I will help you to:
Change your thoughts...
Change the way you feel...
Change your life and take control!
You can get freedom from:
Depression, Anxiety, Low Self Confidence and Self Worth, Abuse, Relationship issues, Low Self Esteem, Weight Issues, Phobias, OCD, Life Guidance, Eating Disorders, Alcohol, drugs and other Addictions, PTSD and MORE!
I specialise in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with depression and anxiety due to personal experience of caring for my daughter who has OCD
Free assessment consultation
Your first session provides an opportunity for us to explore the issues that have brought you to counselling and raise any concerns and expectations you may have. You will learn how CBT would work for you as an individual. The consultation takes place in a professional but comfortable environment where confidentiality, empathy and understanding is employed throughout. The assessment consultation is NOT a commitment to continue with counselling but to help you to decide if this type of therapy is for you.
What to expect if you continue with therapy
If you have individual therapy:
We will usually meet on a weekly, or fortnightly basis, or longer depending on your individual issues. Each session will last about 60 minutes. In the first 2-4 sessions I will ask you questions about your past life and background. Although CBT concentrates on the here and now, at times you may need to talk about the past to understand how it is affecting you now.
You decide what you want to deal with in the short, medium and long term. Together we will decide how to move forward with the therapy.
Together we will break each problem down into its separate parts. To help this process, I may ask you to keep a diary. This will help you to identify your individual patterns of thoughts, emotions, bodily feelings and actions.
Together we will look at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to work out if they are unrealistic or unhelpful land how they affect each other, and you. I will then help you to work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. It's easy to talk about doing something, much harder to actually do it. So, after you have identified what you can change, I will recommend "homework" and practice exercises to help you to make changes in your everyday life.
Depending on the situation, you might start to:
Question a self-critical or upsetting thought and replace it with more helpful (and more realistic) one that you have developed in CBT.
Recognise that you are about to do something that will make you feel worse and, instead, do something more helpful.
At each meeting you discuss how you've got on since the last session. I will help with suggestions if any of the tasks seem too hard or don't seem to be helping.
I will not ask you to do things you don't want to do - you decide the pace of the treatment and what you will and won't try. The strength of CBT is that you can continue to practise and develop your skills even after the sessions have finished. This makes it less likely that your symptoms or problems will return.
Training, qualifications & experience
HND Cognitive Counselling, MBACP, Certificate in Transactional Analysis, Certificate in Person Centred Counselling, Registered Mental Nurse.
I have a vast experience of private practice for 20yrs, contract work and EAP work.
I specialise in OCD and have been involved with OCD Action for many years, lecturing on the disorder and been involved within many support groups personally and professionally as I have a personal interest due to my daughter who is now 28yrs old being diagnosed with OCD at the age of 8yrs old.
I have worked in an alcohol and drugs unit.
I have worked for Safeline which is a charity that helps survivors of child abuse.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 a session