There are times in everyone's life when things can feel overwhelming. At others, we can find ourselves repeating unhelpful or destructive patterns in our behaviour or relationships. At these difficult, and sometimes very distressing times, therapy can, quite literally, be a life-saver. For others, therapy can be an exciting space for personal development, growth and exploration.
My therapeutic approach integrates elements of: Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural [CBT] Therapies, with both a Relational and Humanistic emphasis on a direct and authentic relationship. My practice has a foundation in both Mindfulness and a radical acceptance of the human condition - these principles underpin all my work. Evidence Based Therapies; Research has shown the therapies that I deliver; to be effective across a range of presenting difficulties.
I am qualified, registered and accredited as: a Counselling Psychologist, an Integrative Psychotherapist, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and a Clinical Supervisor. I have over 20 years experience in the mental health field.
For Individuals I offer both; Brief, Short Term Therapy as well as Open Ended Therapy. I also work with Couples and Groups and offer consultations to organisations.
In the last year I've run successful weekend workshops on; 'Integrative Formulation and Diagnosis in Psychotherapy', 'Working Therapeutically with Personality Disorders', 'Severe Presentations and the use of Medication in Mental Health' as well as 'Developing and Running a Successful Therapy Practice'.
I also offer Clinical Supervision to qualified; Psychotherapists Psychologists Counsellors as well as offering supervision for trainees of their clinical work on both placement and with training clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified, registered and accredited as: a Counselling Psychologist, an Integrative Psychotherapist, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, a Supervisor.
I have worked in the field of mental health for over 25 years. I work in both the NHS and as a consultant in private practice.
I also work at the Minster Centre which is a long established training organisation for students studying for their Post Graduate Diploma and MA in Psychotherapy, where I am the Head of Supervision, Head of the 3rd Year and Head of the Diploma in Counselling.
I teach, run groups and supervise qualified supervisors, therapists and trainees.
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
I operate a sliding scale of fees depending on:
Number of session per week
Time of appointment
Ability to pay
My fee operates between £85 and £150 per session for individuals and £110-175 for couples
I also have a few concessionary places available. If you think that you might need this, then please ask.
I accept cash, cheques and bank transfers. I am also recognised as a Health Provider for many of the major Insurance Companies. If you have a Private Health Insurance please ask.
I currently have some availability out of normal office hours. Please ask if this is something you need.
An initial assessment/consultation will provide an opportunity to ask questions and explore any concerns you may have about therapy. At this first appointment, we will consider what will be most helpful to your personal needs and how best to progress.