I believe Psychotherapy can offer the time and space for ingrained/established/recurring/persistent issues and feelings to be addressed, including time + space to examine how early experiences and traumas have left their mark on our inner world.
I sometimes conceptualize these ‘Marks on the Inner World’ as a knot in a tree.
We grow around these knots, which may or not be visible from the outside, but they affect how we grow; often affecting our perceptions and expectations of ourselves, others and the world. Unfortunately these expectations can then become self-fulfilling as we unconsciously find people and situations to play out our familiar patterns of interactions that tend to end up reaffirming those familiar thoughts/ feelings about self, others and the world.
These ‘Life Positions’ can be: Joyless, Loveless, Mindlessness.
It can be difficult to see. Sometimes all we get are glimpses of how this internal pattern fits together. Often these glimpses come at times of crisis, when we find ourselves, ‘here again’.
I believe these patterns can be changed. Allowing space to explore why and how these patterns emerged in a non-judgemental environment can help us see more options.
It is important to be compassionate to those parts of ourselves that were missed and the defensive patterns we developed to cope with our past environment as we experienced it.
All this takes time and each person must go at own pace. There is no need to hurry through.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience, both in NHS settings and in private practice.
CTA - Certified Transactional Analyst
Dip Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 for a 50 minute session.
I charge my standard rate for the initial assessment session and for any absences.
I am a member of several professional bodies and adhere to their codes of ethics. Please look on my website where you will find links to each of them, and the ethical codes.