In response to the enforced isolation rules coming into place, I now offer sessions remotely; either face to face online or by telephone. This can be a very effective way of working, where you work in the comfort of your own home and session times are much more flexible.
I have over 30 years of working therapeutically. I offer counselling, psychotherapy, life coaching and supervision. I believe the relationship between client and therapist is the cornerstone to the work and I encourage you to find somebody you feel comfortable with. I may or may not be right for you. I offer free initial consultations to facilitate this.
It can be hard sometimes, to reach out; to admit, even to yourself, that you need help. My hope is that I give the people that see me a place to relax and be themselves; in all that that may entail. I offer a warm welcome to all the parts of those who come to see me……both the parts that didn’t/don’t want to come, and those parts that recognise the need to. Whatever you might bring, however you might be.
You may be looking to increase your self confidence
You may be looking for new ways of communicating
Perhaps you want to enhance some areas of your life
Perhaps you are wanting to come to terms with loss, or another issue
You may be wanting to reconcile yourself with someone or something
Maybe there is the possibility of a new way of living and approaching things
Or perhaps you are wanting to find a new direction in your life
You may be asking yourself questions that you want to explore
Whatever you may bring, you are welcome. Either therapy or coaching may feel appropriate for you, depending on where you feel you are in yourself. Both processes can be empowering and life changing, and can be the first step; or the continuing step on your path of self discovery. Perhaps you are tired of merely surviving and are ready to thrive!
The beauty of my work and extensive training is that I can use what seems to be appropriate. When in therapy, you may feel the need for some strategies and encouragement to move forward; when working with a coach you may feel the need to look back and work with some past issues.
I believe that we all have within us the answers to any questions or problems we may be carrying. I see my role as an enabler; enabling those parts of us which . know our truths to shine. My approach as a therapist is of course to act as a therapist when its needed, and, with agreement, to act as a coach and mentor when relevant. Or you may choose only one or the other. As a therapist I offer presence and perception; as a coach I have numerous resources to help you move on and up. Many of my therapy clients go on to be coached by me, having already built that all important relationship. Many of my coaching clients enter a period where we work therapeutically until they are ready to move on deeper into coaching.
Training and Experience
Sometimes the psychotherapeutic approach feels inappropriate as the kind of support we may feel we need. It may be that our lives feel good but that we are looking for a different kind of support, or a coach, for some new steps or directions we are making in our lives.
During coaching, I focus on the here and now, looking at your strengths and how you can use them to move yourself forward. In my positon as coach I point out areas of weakness and old habits that are no longer serving you. Clients are encouraged to find new ways of thinking about and approaching things; it is truly possible to reinvent the person we have become, perhaps learning how to turn any perceived weaknesses as strengths that can help us find our way. . Employing me as a coach means that you are ready to explore, grow, develop, and perhaps have fun along the way!
I have trained both in Hakomi Psychotherapy and also extensively in Process Oriented Psychology (over 10 years). I love this work and the scope that it gives to us as human beings, taking in all of our experience, seen and unseen. It owes much of its design to Jung and as such is intent on following the conscious and unconscious signals in our known and unknown dreaming and waking lives. It is beautifully centred on all of who we are; our bodies are often giving us signals or messages that it pays us to listen to. I believe that each of us has within us the answers that we seek, and together we discover where in our bodies or our dreams, our intended and unintended communications, those answers lie.
Training, qualifications & experience
3 year training in Polarity Therapy - this is a form of bodywork which works to release areas of stagnation in the body. Through it I learned to understand where we can hold and release tension.
2 year training in Hakomi Psychotherapy - Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word which means 'who are you in relation to these many realms'. This was the beginning of my exploration into the many different faces that we all carry in the world.
Four years working with teenagers with severe social, behavioural and emotional problems. This opened my eyes to the very real struggles of many children.
10 years training in Process Oriented Psychology - through process work we learn to follow process; it is an awareness practice through which, by following our dreams, symptoms, and unintended communications, we discover answers to even the most challenging problems.
3 years training in Play and Creative Arts Therapy; learning to use play and creative media to help both children and adults explore and resolve issues, leading to a place of acceptance and resolution.
10 years practising with the Community of Interbeing, a Buddhist community based on mindfulness and compassion, which informs and stabilises my work and life.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are constantly under review and can currently vary between £45 to £65 per session
I offer some concessionary places to those who find this fee difficult to meet.
Taunton and Milverton near Wellington