I deal with depression and anxiety, clients with suicidal feelings, recovering abuse victims, how to develop emotional intelligence, looking at relationships from the other person's perspective, those managing chronic illness, pain or physical disability, issues around sexual identity, workplace stress/relationships, life after divorce.
I work with individual adults and with couples (including same-gender couples.) I work from an Existential perspective, which means I take as my starting point the fact that each individual (although he/she may not know it yet) knows best how to tackle the problems life throws at them. It is my place to empathise and help each person understand that at every crossroads they have choices. You can't always change the circumstances in which you find yourself, but you can change how you feel and how you respond to the actions of others.
Since September 1st 2017 I work online with individuals from anywhere in the UK. For couples I prefer to see you face to face in my lovely consulting room in Mere. There is free parking and a rear gate for those who wish to be discreet.
As a practitioner approved by BUPA and AVIVA I work on a short-term basis (from 6-20 sessions as agreed with your insurer) in a Solution-Focused way. I can employ CBT techniques on request, but prefer going into greater depth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters Degree in Existential Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Autogenic Training. I also have training in therapy using Instant Messaging, Email and video counselling.
I have been seeing individual clients face-to-face for 10 years.
I have specialised in clients with M.E./CFS, with hearing impairment and physical disability.
I have spent 30 years working in the classical music business in the UK as a company manager, agent and publisher and specialise in counselling musicians and performers.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Performance anxiety in musicians and actors
Experience in aiding the management of the psychological impact of M.E. and long-term pain
Rehabilitation after head injury
I charge £60 for individuals and £70 for couples
Special concessionary rate on application for musicians who self-refer or are referred by BAPAM
I am an approved BUPA provider and also AVIVA approved
I take a life-coaching approach to issues associated with the workplace, using 30 years' experience as a senior manager and charity director.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Some French, Italian and German|
Daily by advance appointment
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|