Each and every one of us deserves to embrace our own unique self as we always in our hearts know our worthiness for love. The secret now is in finding the safety to operate openly and freely from our own authentic self. This is something we can not always do on our own; we need to have someone in our lives -partner, parents, friend or therapist -who is mature enough to accompany us as we make what is often the long journey home.
When we come into adulthood and enter into intimate couple relationship, we bring with us the story of the relationship interruptions we have experienced to date -early- life interruptions being of particular significance.
Bringing into consciousness the story of those threats and the consequent protective strategies you created is crucial to your wellbeing in the here and now. With loving holding from ourselves and others we can begin to move from isolation to belonging , from shame to celebration , from loneliness to intimacy, from presence to real ness and from being hidden to being out in the light .
Training, qualifications & experience
I initially studied speech and drama at Queen Margaret university in Edinburgh.On completion I trained as a drama therapist . Subsequently I did my MA in psychotherapy at The University of East Anglia(UAE) followed by a PhD at Regents University in London .
I have been working as a psychotherapist for many years and have co-authored books including (Finding Sexual Realness)and lectured on Sexuality - Self-Esteem-relationships and depression. I work with individuals and couples
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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