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Integrative Psychotherapist (Reg. MBACP)

About me

A client often arrives in therapy seeking relief from emotional pain and suffering from profound mistrust. Exploring how their pain might link to personal context and history, can potentially free them from essential coping strategies or dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behaviour. Behaviour that "...can be better understood as responses to trauma and adversity, and as ways of managing and surviving...pain and fear" (Watson, 2019, p.9) My role, is to help the client make sense of these complex emotions that a diagnosis can serve to shut down (Watson, 2019).

The process of expressing yourself, being yourself and accepting yourself within therapy, may help you make sense of the way you have interacted with others. Seeing yourself from the 'outside and others from the inside' (Barley, 2018), could allow you to reconnect with life and enhance your future capacity to seek healthy relationships.

Barley, A. (2018) ‘Holding mind in mind’. Therapy Today, Vol.29, Issue 7

Watson, J (2019) 'Who needs a diagnosis?' Therapy Today, Vol.30, Issue 1

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked within mental health for the past eighteen years and have cultivated a growth mindset, which fosters curiosity and a passion for learning through effort and experience. I hold a Joint Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy / Media Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies (The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.

As you will gather, there are many different styles of therapy out there. Some focus on relieving your symptoms, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), while others, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, delve into the client’s past to help them understand themselves and move forward.

I am a psychotherapist who works with transference and relational language, which lays an emphasis on early childhood development and family dynamics and follow a change-based approach, incorporating experiential techniques, so the client can experience as well as talk about their upsetting thoughts, feelings and memories.

I adhere to a Professional Code of Practice, in promoting an environment in which diverse backgrounds and experiences are valued, treating all with respect and dignity. I have a Fully enhanced DBS certification and I am committed to ongoing professional training in all relevant areas.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

By Appointment Only

Further information

"I have adopted the view that there is no single psycho-therapeutic approach that can treat each person in all situations. The client needs to be considered as a whole, therefore interventions must be tailored to suit their individual needs and circumstances."

As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, I can suggest ways to resolve problems and, if necessary, help you change your attitudes and behaviour.

Southport, Merseyside, PR9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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