For over 20 years now I have worked with people with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, panic, trauma, identity and relationship issues. You are most welcome to contact me for a free initial telephone consultation.
Many people experience emotional difficulties at some point in their lives. Sometimes problems may be longstanding, sometimes they occur out of the blue or because of a crisis. It may be that your problem is difficult to define, or that you feel that something just 'isn't right'. Whatever the case, talking to a qualified psychotherapist gives you an opportunity to work though your concerns in a confidential, non-judgmental space. The aim is to help you deepen your understanding of yourself so that you can begin to make a positive, meaningful, changes to your life.
The First Meeting
The first session will be a chance for me to make a fuller assessment of your situation, and an opportunity for you to see if you feel comfortable working with me and my approach to therapy. There is no obligation to continue.
My Approach to Therapy
The existential approach, while incorporating the general clinical applications of psychology, is primarily interested in exploring the deeper meanings of your life and suffering, so that you can live more fully and with clearer purpose.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective treatment for people who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, war trauma, torture, natural or man-made disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. EMDR is also increasingly used to treat symptoms which are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.
During EMDR treatment you will be asked to bring to mind a traumatic memory in brief sequential doses while simultaneously tracking my hand across your field of vision. This process facilitates access to the traumatic memory network of the brain and the information is processed with new associations. This process, often within only 6-12 sessions, diminishes the emotional and physiological distress.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend EMDR as a first-line treatment for trauma.
Training, qualifications & experience
Currently I work in private practice, specialising in trauma of varying sorts. I am a supervisor and lecturer at the New School of Psychotherapy, London, and am the Chair of the UKCP Universities Training College.
In 2004 I began a psychotherapy training at the New School of Psychotherapy, London, under the tutelage of internationally renowned Professor Emmy van Deurzen with whom I also apprenticed as a group therapist.
As well as in the UK, I have worked in Australia and the Netherlands, and I provide supervision to psychotherapists and therapists in training.
I am registered with the following clinical governing bodies: UKCP (No:08159809), SEA (no:185), BACP (No:579777); EMDR UK & Ireland (No:G0267)
EMDR Accredited with EMDR UK&Ireland
D.Prof. Existential Psychotherapy, Middlesex University (2013)
M.A. Psychotherapy, Sheffield University (2008)
M.A. University of Durham (2001)
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
EMDR Europe (EMDR Europe)
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
Free initial telephone session
Fees below are a standard rate. For those earning above £120K a year, a fee will be negotiated that you consider fairly represts your income.
For sessions fees relating to referring agencies, organisations, and insuracnce companies, please contact me to discuss.
Assessment Session: £120
Psychotherapy £120 per hour.
EMDR: £120 per hour.
Supervision: £120 per hour.
When I work
Day and evening appointments available.