I have 34 years experience working in mental health, 19 years working as a Psychotherapist in the NHS and for the last 7 years in private practice.
Many people choose to enter therapy because they have lost the sense of meaning in life.
Psychotherapy is all about the realisation of one's full potential. I offer a non-judgemental relationship, exploring a new way forward for the person. This in turn can lead to improved relationships, solutions to specific problems and better emotional balance. You will be encouraged to talk openly, let your emotions out and move forward.
Each of us has to decide how to live as fully, happily, ethically and meaningfully as possible.
As well as seeing individuals I am forming a group for those who will benefit from Group Psychotherapy. This method allows people to grow and be inspired by others who are doing the same.
I work in a beautiful tranquil setting by the River Chess.
I can offer help with a range of issues such as;
- anger management
- eating disorders
- family issues
- self esteem
Training, qualifications & experience
Member IGA (Qualifying Course in Group Analysis 1995)
Diploma in Supervision (IGA 1997)
BA(Hons) in Psychology/Sociology (1979)
I qualified as a Group Analyst in 1995, my training included four years attached to the Department of Psychological Medicine at St Bartholomews Hospital in London. There I ran an outpatient group as well as seeing individual patients.
I specialised in Therapeutic Community treatment after starting my career with adolescent boys at Bethlem Royal Hospital and at an Assessment Centre run by the London Borough of Southwark. I worked at the Henderson Hospital (a renowned Therapeutic Community) and then at a Day Centre in Islington.
My last position for seven years was as Senior Team Therapist in a Therapeutic Community for a Complex Needs Service in Aylesbury, treating people with a Personality Disorder. However, having worked in a psychiatric day centre for 20 years my experience is very broad, encompassing all major categories of mental illness and personal unhappiness.
For the past 25 years I have been involved in training Therapeutic Community staff at Living/Learning workshops together with other Psychotherapists.
I am currently involved in training group psychotherapists in India.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Over the years working solely in mental health, I have benefited from working closely with Art Therapists, Drama Therapists and Psychodrama Therapists. These approaches have enabled me to borrow their methods if I felt them to be useful.
First appointment £20
Individual sessions - 50 mins £50
Group therapy - 90 mins £35
One-to-one meetings are clearly more personal and can be arranged at a mutually convenient time and as frequently as required.
Over time, group members can learn a lot about themselves in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality. Usually, groups are up to eight people and meet once a week, or more frequently if desired.
I am interested in gaining access to areas where people struggle to get in touch with their thoughts and feelings. Music has the power to do this, it can transport us in an instant to places where we are reminded of people and times for further investigation.
You may want to share some music and discuss what it means to you. This could be a single session or more if wanted. I would anticipate some people being interested in sharing with others their respective pieces and so form a group.