UKCP registered psychotherapist offering psychotherapy and counselling including EMDR when we agree it is appropriate. I work with both individuals and couples. My model of therapy prioritizes the development of a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental space in which we can together explore the issues resulting in your distress. Through this process, new understandings can emerge which will aid you in clarifying your choices, and thus make the decisions necessary to move toward your desired way of being. Honesty, clarity and compassion are always at the centre of this work, which also tends to focus on the 'here and now' of today. Your history is not neglected however, rather it is seen in the context of its impact upon your life as it is today.
I do not provide 'free taster sessions' as I have found the 30 minutes generally offered are insufficient to permit anything more than personal introductions, to explain the nature of therapy and counselling, and for you to provide a brief overview of the matters causing you distress. Instead, I provide a first session of up to 90 minutes, which will usually ensure adequate time to conclude whether I am the right therapist for you, and will I be able to provide the kind of support and assistance you need. This initial session is charged at my standard sessional rate, and so you do effectively receive a 'free 30 minutes', but in a way that I have found to be far more constructive and beneficial.
If you would like further clarification of how my model of therapy 'works' and whether it would be suitable for you, don't hesitate to get in touch. Hopefully, such a telephone or email contact will enable you to decide if a face to face appointment is then the right next step. It takes courage to expose your frailties and problems to a relative stranger whatever their professional status or title. Through the development of a trusting and confidential therapeutic relationship however, the possibility of change in the direction you wish is a realistic expectation and worthwhile endeavor.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over twenty years experience of providing therapeutic assistance to people with emotional difficulties. Previous and ongoing users of my service include local authorities, the NHS, Employee Assistance Programmes and HM Forces. My work is now predominantly with people who self-refer, although I also welcome enquiries from agencies acting on behalf of others.
My own service in HM Forces ensures that I am able to understand and work effectively with those experiencing difficulties that may be unique to those in uniformed service and their families. I have also developed significant experience in working with employees from the public sector which has become so much more stressful in recent years.
Qualified as both a psychotherapist and social worker, I hold Master's degrees in both. This has equipped me with the knowledge and skills base necessary to work effectively with those experiencing severe mental health problems and/or learning disability.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
H M Forces, armed forces, serviceman, servicewoman, forces family, offending behaviour, life limiting illness, people under investigation, people awaiting court appearance, illegal sexual behaviour, pornography addiction, porn addiction
£40 per session which is for a period of 60 minutes (90' first session). This rate is the same for both individuals and couples.
Credit and debit cards accepted.
My counselling room is fully accessible to wheelchair users, and ample parking is available on the drive in front of the property.