I have eighteen years experience of working in the NHS. This experience has given me an awareness of the courage it takes to make the first steps in seeking help. My priority is providing a safe and secure setting from where difficulties can be explored and changes made.
I have extensive experience of working with people who feel 'stuck' (this may be with feelings, certain behaviours and/or in relationships) and I can help people to get a better understanding of what is getting in the way of making positive changes.
I seek to support change through greater understanding of the past and how this affects someone's life in the present. Through our work together patterns of behaviour and relating become clearer and opportunities for change emerge.
What to expect.
You can contact me via telephone or e-mail (See contact details). Hopefully from this first contact we'd make a time to meet for an initial session.
This initial session is an opportunity for you to meet with me and for us to establish together what brings you to counselling and how I might help. It will give you an opportunity to see how I work and whether it's an approach that suits you.
From this initial meeting if we agree to work together then we would establish an idea of how many sessions initially we could meet for and how often. This would then give us a chance to review progress.
I see people for fifty minute sessions. These sessions are usually once a week but not always. The sessions will always take place in the same room so the setting becomes familiar to you.
It's helpful for me to know times you will be away at the earliest opportunity and I will give you as much notice as possible when I am going to be away.
Difficulties I can help with.
I have extensive experience of working with bereavement and loss. I am the clinical manager of a local charity called The Harbour which provides counselling for people affected by a life threatening illness.
I have completed additional training in this area of work.
Through my NHS work I have worked extensively with depression, anxiety and anger issues. I have undertaken additional NHS approved training in counselling for depression. This is an approach called D.I.T (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy). Related to this I work with difficulties around change and transition.
I also have an interest in working with people experiencing work related difficulties i.e work stress, fears around loss of employment and relationship difficulties within work.
As an experienced counsellor I provide supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists.
I offer long and short term therapy. I have undertaken additional training in providing brief therapy.
I am also trained to provide Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT).
Where I see people.
My counselling practice is based in Bristol and Nailsworth (Gloucestershire). Both practices are centrally located and easy to access. Both settings offer discretion. My practices are in buildings that house other counsellors. The rooms I use are airy, well lit and comfortable.
I am an accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) - Membership number 583998 and adhere to their standards and ethics. I receive regular supervision from a trained and qualified supervisor. I regularly attend training in order to maintain my professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Severnside Institute For Psychotherapy.
Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (Bath Centre For Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Trained and accredited by BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) in D.I.T (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy). This is an NHS approved counselling approach for working with depression.
Accredited member of British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Membership number 583998.
Member of BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and SIP (Severnside Institute For Psychotherapy)
Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy. Registered with HCPC (Health & Care professionals council). Registration number 0T27604
I have undertaken additional training in:
Providing Brief Therapy (16 session model).
New approaches in working with loss and bereavement.
Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
Mental health difficulties in the workplace.
I have 16 years experience of working for The Harbour, a charity providing counselling for people affected by life threatening illness where I am now the clinical lead. We provide counselling for people with a life threatening illness, their carers and people who have been bereaved.
I have 18 years experience as a Mental Health professional in Community Mental Health services. In this work I have experience of working with individuals, groups, families and couples. I have also supervise and managed other staff within the NHS.
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.