BSc (Hons), Dip, PGCert, PGDip, PGCert.
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If you are experiencing a crisis currently, or have been feeling anxious, depressed or stuck for some time - whatever your presenting issues are - we can talk about and explore them together. I can offer you a balance of support and challenge in an empathic, boundaried way that helps you move forward with your life. I have 20 years experience as a Counsellor & 13 years as a HPC Registered Occupational Therapist, and can offer you a safe space in which to explore and think about your current difficulties. The therapeutic relationship we form is crucial to help come to terms with difficulties and conflicts, discover new insights, and increase your understanding, self acceptance and life satisfaction.
My main approach is psychodynamic, which means we will think about how your past may be affecting your present. If we think about the underlying issues, the roots of the problems, we can try to make sense of them and work through the feelings involved. I offer both brief counselling or longer term therapy with individuals and with groups. I've worked for many years in various different organisations (NHS, Universities, the charity sector). Until moving to Scotland I worked in the NHS as a GP counsellor in addition to my private practice. I now also work in Perinatal services.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered & Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) - I abide by their code of Ethics and Practice.
Bsc(Hons) Degree in Occupational Therapy, Exeter University.
Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Southampton University.
Post Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling, Oxford University.
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice, Oxford University.
Post Graduate Certificate in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, London.
Supervision Skills Training, Henley, Oxon.
I have worked as a Counsellor and Therapist in:
- Private practice
- NHS/GP practice
- Student Services in Higher & Further Education
- Women and Youth Charity services
I have a broad background experience of group-work. I currently work with individuals, and groups by arrangement. As an Occupational Therapist for 13 years I worked in many NHS settings & across a variety of NHS Trusts.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £65.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£65 for individuals (50 minutes). This fee is for Initial Consultations & for ongoing sessions. This fee applies for Supervisees. Group sessions are by arrangement.
Concessions are available (on request) for students or low waged - I have a limited number available so please mention this when enquiring.
For clients coming more that once a week I offer a 10% reduction in fees.
Fees are reviewed annually.
When I work
I work privately on Wednesdays and Thursdays, & I offer limited evening appointments.
My work is fully insured and supervised by an experienced UKCP & BPC registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
I offer mainly day time appointments, with limited evening availability.
email is the best way to contact me initially - I am happy to arrange an initial phone conversation at a mutually convenient time before meeting face to face if you prefer.
Visit my website for further information.