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Psychotherapist Integrative Transactional Analyst, UKCP, MBACP

About me

I understand that making the decision to speak to someone about our problems can be daunting.  My approach to therapy is everyone has the capacity to change if they want to and everyone is as OK as everyone else.  I believe in this ethos and it underpins my work with people.  You could come and see me for one session and use the experience to help decide if you would like to begin therapy, I offer a free initial session to help you make this decision. You may have an understanding of what you want to change or you may just feel like something isn't right and you would like to feel better, I can offer help in either case.

I work with individuals, couples and groups and I have a therapy room at my home in Hutton Cranswick.  This ensures discretion and privacy for you.  I believe I can help people with ranging difficulties; you may not be able to express them in words but feel dissatisfaction in one or several areas of your life.

I have had therapy myself and so know what that experience was like for me.  At times I found it difficult but I am so glad I have as I have explored myself within my world and feel far more grounded and content as a result.  I think that an understanding of myself is essential when working with others.

I am compassionate, respectful and empathic, I work using the model Transactional Analysis, the ethos of which is everyone has the capacity to think, change and is equal to all others.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with people experiencing different types of emotional difficulties for 17 years in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice.  My background is as a Social worker specialising in working with people experiencing Mental Health difficulties.

I have completed the 4 years training of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy my full qualifications are,

BA (hons) Social Work incorporating the DipSW (Mental Health Specialism)
Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (TA Speciality)
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Integrative Psychotherapy

I have regular supervision from my principal trainer at my training institute, am fully insured and I also keep up to date with different training as part of my continuing development.

I am a member of our registered body United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and psychotherapy

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work a lot with people who have experienced childhood trauma/difficulties and feel it has impacted upon their life as an adult. I also do short term work with people who would just like to concentrate on one particular issue that they are facing right now.

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£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free initial telephone consultation after that my fees are,

£60 per hour for individuals

£80 per hour for couples

£45 per 2 hour group work (Please note I would need to see someone for at least 6 sessions of individual therapy before they joined a group)

£100 per hour for organisational consultation

When I work

I work some evenings, daytimes and Saturdays. Please contact me to negotiate a mutually beneficial time.

Further information

I have off road parking available.

Driffield, YO25

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

There are no stairs.