During the Coronavirus lockdown I am working exclusively online. I have undertaken a recognised training and have accreditation to work with either video or Instant Messaging, regardless of where you are in the U.K.
I am approved to work with you by BUPA, CBT Clinics, AVIVA, WPA and am accepting BAPAM referrals.
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 have worked 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. I am also approved by CBT clinics for Psychotherapy (not for specialist CBT.)
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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
Online fee is between £80-120 depending on your circumstances
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.