My counselling practise is located in a quiet private area of Birch Green, near Hertford, within easy Ware, Hoddesdon, Watton-at-Stone, Tewin, Roydon, Welwyn Garden City, Cuffley, Hatfield, Cheshunt and surrounding areas.
The people I see contact me through a number of routes such as an Employee Assistance Programme – EAP, private medical insurance, GP referrals or via secure online registers. The most common route to begin counselling is to contact me directly.
I work with individuals, adults and young people aged 15 years and over.
As a professionally trained Psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, I offer a safe, confidential place where you can talk about yourself and your life, including life events, feelings, emotions, relationships and patterns of behaviour. I will offer you the opportunity to think and talk about yourself and your concerns in a way that you often cannot do with family and friends, as they may be too emotionally involved. I will listen to the way you feel and how this affects you and others with compassion and empathy. I understand that it is sometimes difficult to talk about problems and to express your feelings. I will help you to make the positive changes you would like to happen and support you in improving your well-being.
Having worked in Mental Health services for a number of years, I have gained a great deal of experience with-
Training, qualifications & experience
TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
I continue my professional development through ongoing training (CPD) having completed:
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy;
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy;
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
- Anger Management;
- Addiction and Recovery;
- Recovering from Childhood Sexual Abuse and
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
As part of maintaining my professional code of conduct and clinical expertise, I receive regular supervision covered by the BACP code of ethics.
I have completed my four years intensive professional training with a Under-graduate and Post-graduate qualification in Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling at Hertfordshire University, which is recognised as one of the leading counselling and psychotherapy training organisations in the UK.
EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
I have worked in mental health services for a number of years, working for a leading mental health charity. As a psychotherapist and as part of a team, we provided community based services to those living with and recovering from mental health issues such as Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Personality Disorders. I often work with people who want help with relationship difficulties, bereavement, depression, anxiety, aggression, addiction, paranoia, isolation, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bullying, Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and suicidal thoughts.
I also volunteer with Samaritans who provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
I have previously worked within an antenatal department of the NHS providing psychological support to both perinatal and postnatal women and their partners.
And prior to this, for a social care and health charity working with individuals, families and communities that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour, where I gained a great deal of counselling experience with on-going addiction and recovery.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I help people, not labels. Making the decision to seek help to address the emotional problems or concerns you have, whether from a traumatic experience, changes in your life, feeling out of control, bereavement, abuse, anxiety, relationship difficulties or anything else, is an important and sometimes difficult first step. You may be sensing things just do not feel right or that others are concerned about you. Understanding why by talking with a counsellor or psychotherapist may help you gain an alternate perspective of how problems continue to affect both yourself and others and enable you to respond differently.
The initial assessment is £35.
Individual counselling psychotherapy sessions are £50.
Payment is by cash, cheque or online banking, either on the day of your session or monthly in advance.
Please contact me for details of fees for Organisations and Employee Assistance Programs.
Counselling psychotherapy is an emotional and financial commitment for both yourself and the therapist. The session is your time and will not be available to anyone else. If you are unable to attend or miss appointments, fees are still chargeable. I will endeavor to give you plenty of notice of any breaks I plan to take. These will not incur a fee, including any unforeseen cancellations by myself.
Fees are reviewed annually.
INITIAL COUNSELLING SESSION
During this initial session, lasting up to 50 minutes, you will have the opportunity to talk about your reasons for seeking therapy. You may want to change something in your life or understand your thoughts and feelings in more depth.
I will ask some questions about your needs and concerns, listen to your emotional upset, confusion or worries and gain an understanding of what you hope to achieve or resolve. We will discuss if this kind of therapy is suitable for you and the different ways in which we might work together.
If we both agree counselling psychotherapy would be beneficial and you wish to continue, we will arrange to meet for regular weekly sessions, either on an open-ended or time-limited basis. Alternatively, I may refer you to a different or more appropriate support service or you may decide this is not the right choice for you, as therapy does not necessarily suit everyone.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy are ‘talking’ therapies. This means they allow a person to discuss their problems and difficult feelings when they want to change something in their life or explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. This is one of the most widely practiced and popular form of therapy as it offers the opportunity to work with many forms of communication such as facial expression, body language and spoken narrative.
I use the term counselling to refer to time limited or brief therapy where a specific problem or issue is worked on over an agreed number of therapy sessions. Psychotherapy is normally open-ended where a range of difficulties or deeper psychological problems are explored to work towards achieving more sustainable changes in your relationships, work, physical health and well-being.
The format of therapy I offer is face-to-face where we will meet in person on a weekly basis for fifty minutes, at my private practice in Birch Green, near Hertford.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have various appointment times available between Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm. Please call me to discuss current availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|