I believe that..
..therapy is a process that carries within it the potential to change people's lives, to enable them to feel and behave more effectively and to find greater fulfilment in themselves and in their relationships. These are not words I say lightly but are borne from my own experience, both professionally and personally.
I have learnt that..
..in the course of our lives most of us will face times of crisis, loss or challenging emotional experiences. We may experience loneliness, depression, a loss of our sense of self, or even despair. We may question fate or faith, we may feel burdened by our past, overwhelmed by the present and fearful of the future. Most of all, we may question ourselves. What I have learnt, what I work with clients to help them realise too, is that there are answers; there are always silver linings to the darkest of clouds, seams of gold in the darkest recesses. There is choice and the potential for change.
My approach to helping people find a way forward ..
..is tailored to each unique individual. Sometimes people simply seek an experienced, non-judgemental person to listen to them and to hear them and to guide them as they process and come to understand and accept their hurt, anger or fear. Or they have needed, for a period of time, a place to go where they feel safe, valued and respected enough to be honest, to be vulnerable, to talk about their experiences and process the hardships or dilemmas they are facing and, crucially, to find a way forward. They have all sought a space in which to change, to heal, and to recover. And it is this, a space together with my experience and guidance, that I offer to those seeking therapy.
My focus is always on the unique individual..
..and their response to whatever crisis or issue they are facing. My experience of the types of crisis that may bring people to counselling or psychotherapy encompasses:
- anxiety, panic attacks
- depression, low self-esteem and loss of identity
- trauma, including the impact of physical, emotional and sexual abuse (I provide therapeutic support to those suffering dissociative disorders including Dissociative Identity Disorder)
- drug, alcohol and behavioural addictions
- loss and bereavement
- sexual identity and relationships
I offer both short-term counselling, addressing a specific problem, and longer term psychotherapy tackling deeper aspects of the individual, exploring and making sense of patterns and experiences from the past, issues manifesting in the here and now and fears about the future.
I also work with couples in address issues in their relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified at post-graduate level as an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor (PGDip, Regents' University) and I'm accredited (signifying having met their higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner) member of the British Association of Counselling and psychotherapy (BACP).
In addition to my private practice in Towcester, I also do work for the Oxford Women's Counselling Centre. Previously I have worked at Northampton Counselling Service, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and for the Samaritans.
I practice integrative psychotherapy, which simply means that my approach encompasses a broad range of models and theories of psychology, psychotherapy and counselling (psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and behavioural). I draw on these diverse but often complimentary theories and approaches to tailor a path with the potential for change and healing for each individual person I work with. It is this, the relationship between myself and the people I work with, which I believe is the single most important factor in the positive outcome of therapy.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
The fee for an initial consultation is £30.00. Thereafter, counselling sessions last 50 minutes and the fee per session is £60.00 for an individual and £80.00 for a couple. I have some concessions available to counselling students or those receiving income support.
For current availability please call me on 07501 477555
Knowing a little of how wonderfully diverse and unique people are, this introduction may not answer all of your questions. In which case, please feel free to email me or call on 07501 477555 for a confidential discussion which will involve no obligation on your part. Alternative you will find more information on my qualifications, experience and approach to psychotherapy and counselling by visiting www.changingspace.org.uk