Hello, and thank you for viewing my profile. I hold a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and wide-ranging experience gained mainly in the NHS. Due to current circumstances, I'm only offering telephone and video appointments. Please see the issues I can help you to deal with at the bottom of the page. I specialise in depression and anxiety – particularly concerning problems with work, family and relationships. I'm skilled at helping those who have suffered severe stress and traumatic events, including sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Additionally, I work with individuals who wish to become more aware of their personality structure, whilst I also assist people with body image issues. Furthermore, I understand the influence of our pasts and upbringings. Overall, I can help you in a sensitive and balanced manner. I'm now going to tell you more about my work.
First and foremost, I strive to create an atmosphere in which you feel comfortable talking about whatever you wish; one from which a trusting relationship can develop between us. Our relationship should be consistently beneficial to you, with us continuously collaborating through your counselling to ensure that this is the case.
It’s only natural that feelings and circumstances in relationships sometimes change, while family dynamics are often complicated. Through my own time in professional and academic environments, I am aware of the strain that working life can put on us. I have advanced knowledge of the reasons for, and how to manage, bodily pain that often accompanies responses to severe stress and trauma. I also recognise that we can be significantly affected by negative images of, and beliefs about, ourselves and our bodies. Moreover, I understand that aspects of our pasts and upbringings can influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviour in the present.
I can assist you in investigating the roots and development of what's troubling you, then enable you to find ways of relieving and improving how you feel. Through personal experience, I know the value of having a trained professional to support and guide us through our difficulties. I can work with you in the shorter-term to help you identify possible solutions to your problems and develop better decision-making, or over a more extended period. Longer-term work can help form a deeper understanding of your difficulties, yourself and – most importantly – how to both function more effectively and feel well more consistently.
Although I like to use natural language and discuss concepts in understandable terms, my approach integrates different elements, according to your needs. We can talk about this at the outset and review regularly during our work. I'm informed by humanistic psychology, phenomenological analysis, attachment theory and the latest research in neurophysiology and nutrition.
I have a research interest in our personalities and 'senses of self' – who we think and feel we are, and why. Should you wish, I can bring my understanding of this fascinating area to our work. I've found that learning to analyse and perceive ourselves in this way can reduce stress and anxiety, lift depression and help us to:
*Identify our core make-up and strengths;
*Understand more deeply our behaviour, motivations and decisions;
*Improve relationships and working life;
*Feel more settled, clear-minded and self-knowledgeable.
Upon receiving your enquiry, I'll send you an email containing a counselling agreement that outlines confidentiality, privacy and legal aspects. If you're comfortable with everything, we can then arrange an initial appointment. The counselling agreement isn't a commitment; it just provides the framework for our professional relationship.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read about my work – I look forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology. Over 4.5 years of clinical experience gained predominantly in the NHS. Significant prior experience in people-facing roles in the private sector.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£35 per hour-long session.