What is making you look for a therapist? Perhaps it is an issue that you can describe clearly or perhaps it is that you feel stuck in your life, where things are not working out how you imagined they would or in a way you are happy with. Maybe you are trying to keep pushing on but the path in front of you feels like an increasingly uphill struggle. We are so used to seeing our lives from our own perspective - one that can become narrowed by stresses and anxieties in the present and also sometimes those carried from the past - that we feel trapped and unable to see a way forward.
Therapy can help you understand, regroup and reassess, freeing you to see and make choices leading towards your best future.
The therapist you choose must be someone you are comfortable with and trust. Having qualified over 20 years ago I have trained in a variety of therapy approaches. I offer an integrated approach to working which puts you at the centre of our work. I will hold a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space where we can explore your life experiences together. You are the expert on your life. The more you understand about that life the better able you will be to move forwards in the direction you want.
Training, qualifications & experience
After University (MA, Oxford University) I originally qualified as a solicitor. My client work brought me into contact with deep and complex individual needs which legal process did little to understand or help. This experience alongside my own journey into therapy led me to complete a further degree in Psychology (Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology, with Distinction, University of Hong Kong) and re-train as a therapist, qualifying in 1996.
My early years of client work was with two agencies in the culturally diverse city of Hong Kong where I worked with a wide variety of clients and issues. During that time I was also involved in the training of counsellors and I also came to run a thriving private practice.
More recently, I have completed a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy in the UK and assisted in counsellor training at Cornwall College and managed their low-cost counselling agency, Penhaligon Counselling,
I have been a Samaritans listening volunteer for 6 years and have been involved in the volunteer training programmes.
As a therapist and also a parent, I have undertaken further training in working with adults with issues of neuro-diversity such as Autism Spectrum and ADHD.
I have also trained in Metaphor Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Gestalt, working with suicidal clients, Psychodynamic Therapy, Infant and Neo-natal loss, Internal Family Systems, Trauma and Grief.
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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial phone consultation, free of charge, to explore what is bringing you to therapy and to give you a chance to decide if you would like to work with me.
After that my sessions are 60 minutes and are charged at £40 per session. I do hold some places for clients at reduced rates.
Therapy can be short or long-term. It is for you to decide what your needs are.
I am available for daytime and some evening appointments.
During COVID I have been primarily offering sessions using SKYPE. This also allows me to work with clients living further away.
Face to face sessions are available in my socially-distanced therapy room. There is plenty of off-street parking available.