With a compassionate approach, I work with most psychological difficulties, and have a special interest in anxiety and low mood, problematic family relationships, parenting and bereavement. Perhaps something is not right but it is hard to think about or put into words? Living with high levels of anxiety, shame or fear for a prolonged period, can really affect the way we perceive ourselves and others.
My approach is psychodynamic, which means working with you to understand the root cause of your difficulties. These can often lie in past experiences and may be out of awareness. Together we will explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to help increase your understanding of yourself. Insight can lead to change. I tend to recommend we start with a one-off session so that together we can make an informed decision about continuing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a Counsellor originally, in 1992 and subsequently as a Clinical Supervisor, and have a P/G Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observation through the Tavistock Institute. I have been an accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the BACP for many years.
Prior to my work as a psychotherapist, I worked therapeutically with children at the Mulberry Bush School in Oxfordshire and went on to work with families at a Family Centre for NCH, which included running parenting groups with the Family Nurturing Network. I later became the Manager. I then worked as a Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in Oxford, where I ran a Counselling Service for adolescents provided by Oxfordshire County Council. I continued working for the Council as a Consultant Therapist and Clinical Supervisor for some years after the service was closed in 2010. I am currently Counsellor/Psychotherapist at Magdalen College School and have my own private practice for young people and adults in Oxford.
I can also work with parents when it is not possible for children or young people to access therapy, on a short term basis.
I also offer Clinical Supervision to therapists and counselling trainees.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per hour