I work with young people ( 16+ ) and adults. I will also consult with partners and parents if and when appropriate to address relationship issues.
I offer open-ended counselling to help with a wide range of mental health conditions and emotional and psychological disturbances. I also offer shorter-term consultancy to focus on particular issues such as change and loss.
Whilst I am psychodynamically trained, my practice is essentially integrative, utilising approaches and techniques which myself and clients feel most helpful.
Evidence would suggest I am generally helpful to clients but of course, it is the relationship that counts. I always offer an initial meeting as a mutual assessment to help inform both parties of the potential benefit of ongoing work.
I have various locations in south and west Oxfordshire and Oxford city where I see clients.
I also offer online counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a Senior Accredited Member of the BACP since the inception of the category. I have a Master's in Psychodynamic Counselling (Birkbeck; 1996) and have subsequently worked in a variety of settings, higher education, community, independent. I worked at Oxford University for 15 years as a counsellor, supervisor and lecturer/ tutor, as Course Leader of the Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice.
I was a member of the BACP Executive Committee for 4 years.
I am currently Clinical Lead for Training and Development for a large community based charitable counselling service.
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.
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
- £60 per session - external consulting room
- £50 per session - residential consulting room
- £50 per session - online consulting
A very wise and eminent colleague once told me, effective counselling is having the most appropriate, individual, therapeutic conversation. I hope this informs my practice to this day.