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Chartered Counselling Psychologist EMDR Consultant

About me

Most people come to counselling because they no longer feel confident that they can be in control of their lives. With 30 years experience, my overall aim is to provide a safe place where clients can feel accepted and listened to warmly and without judgement. Where both of us feel that therapy will help, I work with clients to find ways to regain a sense of control and coping through a greater understanding of themselves, past memories and present situations, together with the tools and insights to manage their thoughts, actions and relationships. 
 
Talking confidentially to someone who is unconnected to your life, and trained in various forms of psychological therapy, can leave you free to swiftly and effectively discover ways of understanding what is really happening for you and how difficulties can be altered. Together we work to find fresh thinking and the tools and confidence to cope in the future.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience:
 
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist.

Over 30 years I have worked in areas as varied as a university counselling service; 7 years in a busy NHS medical practice in Liverpool; a hospice for the terminally ill; as trauma therapist and in-house psychologist with police forces in the North West; in a secure hospital for acute disorders,  and with the Trailblazing Scheme counselling young people 14 - 25 in Liverpool. 

During those years I carried on a Private Practice in  Liverpool which re-located to York in 2007 and in 2021 subsequently moved to Shrewsbury.
 
Member Organisations:

  • British Psychological Society and Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology.
  • EMDR Association UK. & Ireland.

Qualifications:

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology - University of Leicester 1971
  • MA Psychology - University of Liverpool 1992
  • PGD Counselling - Liverpool John Moores University 1995 
  • EMDR Accred. Practitioner 2004
  • BPS.Qual.Couns 2005
  • BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist - 2005
  • Europe Approved EMDR Consultant 2006
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society 2011
  • Registered in the British Psychological Society Directory of Chartered
  • Psychologists. No.076206
  • Health Professions Council - Reg. No: PYL05642

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BPS

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

EMDR UK

EMDR Association UK (EMDR UK)

EMDR UK

Fees

From £40.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer short term therapy  2 - 20 sessions

Fee quoted is hourly.
 
I am happy for people to contact me by phone to sound me out before booking.

When I work

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Availability: 8.30am - 8.30pm Tuesday & Thursday

Further information

Integrated Therapies Offered: 
 
My work is integrated, rarely using any single model. From the large "kitbag" of tools listed below, I select ways of working that are likely to be most effective and swift in dealing with the difficulties brought.
 
Client Centred:
 
Listening, reflecting and posing questions to open up material, allow exploration, and assist the client in working through the issues in their own way, whilst being supported by the therapist.
 
Mindfulness as a skilled meditative tool teaching how to focus on the here and now to create a different pattern of awareness, calming, and with practice, reducing the habit of free floating worry from "what ifs" etc.
 
Solution Focused Therapy:
 
As the term implies, the therapy focuses on learning from past experiences as a way of facilitating problem solving for future action.
 
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:(CBT)
 
After gaining an understanding of why things feel as they do, the next stage is to work towards insights and strategies which will help to reduce present difficulties. Learning how thinking and behaviour influence events and our experience, can greatly assist in finding solutions to the management of our moods,  relationships, both personal and beyond, and can help to increase awareness of what works and what does not work for us. 
 
EMDR:
 
The World Health Organisation and NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence), now recommend both EMDR and CBT as the treatments of choice for PTSD and trauma. 
 
However, EMDR is not just used for treating trauma and PTSD. It is used very effectively to address a wide variety of disabling effects on self-confidence and the ability to feel able to cope, which may connect to past experiences. These experiences can range from major traumas to more "everyday" shocks and losses, which can shape our thinking and assumptions, bring up unwanted emotions from the past and feelings of being disproportionately overwhelmed without any obvious reason.
  
Past unpleasant experiences, whether remembered or not, can become blocked in short term memory, and be reactivated months, or even years later, by ongoing events, causing disabling discomfort or distress. EMDR does a gentle "plumbing job", moving the experience into fact based long term storage. Here, washed clear of emotion, it is now felt as "over and done with", and is no longer available to be re-triggered and cause difficulty. 
 
The client does not need to speak about the event in any detail for therapy to be successful. 
 
EMDR also loosens thinking and opens up new creative insights and ideas. Invaluable in building self-esteem and confidence, it can free up the ability to make necessary changes, and assist in facing future difficulties more easily, more comfortably and more effectively.

2 Gransden Drive, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 6BZ

Type of session

In person
Online