I am an experienced, Relate trained relationship counsellor. I understand that difficulties can often beset relationships, whether partner or family.
So often, couples can lose sight of each other within the complexities of modern living. I can help you to identify where your relationship is currently, how it has got there and, should you want to change the course of your future relationship, how you might reframe this.
We have our cars and boilers serviced regularly to ensure they're smooth running and to try to prevent breakdowns. Yet we can often neglect our relationship until problems become more significant and entrenched.
In a Relationship MOT we will explore your current situation. It is a health check that offers an overview of your relationship at the moment. It is designed to help you understand some of the issues you, or you and your partner, may be facing.
Alcohol and Drug problems
I have over ten years' experience in working with alcohol and drug problems, and addiction.
I recognise that when alcohol or drug use becomes problematic, it will often have been an important coping strategy over time.
I believe that we need to think about alcohol and drug use from a biological, a psychological and a social perspective.
We can think about the biological effects - on the brain, on other parts of the body
We can think about the psychological effects- what does alcohol do for your coping, for your mood? These effects might be both positive and negative.
We can think about the social effects. What is the effect on your work relationships, on your home life and on your intimate relationships.
We can think about the mind and the body being connected, with both the mind and the body affecting the development and the progression of problematic or addictive alcohol and drug use within a social and cultural context.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for over 15 years in my specialist area, across third sector organisations and more recently with Relate and within the NHS. I am a qualified, Relate trained, Relationship Counsellor.
I have also worked as both a practitioner and as a manager in alcohol and drug services ranging from community services providing harm reduction advice, alcohol brief intervention services and residential alcohol and drug detox and rehabilitation services.
I am a member of the BACP and follow the BACP code of conduct.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Relationship/Marriage MOT