If you are experiencing a crisis currently, or have been feeling anxious, depressed or stuck for some time - whatever the 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 18 years experience as a Counsellor & 13 years as a HPC Registered Occupational Therapist, and can offer 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
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.
Certificate in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, London.
Supervision Skills Training, Henley, Oxon.
I have worked as a Counsellor in:
- Private practice (9 years)
- NHS/GP practice (3.5 years)
- Student Services in Higher Education (4 years) & Further Education (1 year)
- Women and Youth Charity settings (7 years)
I have a broad background experience of group-work but currently mainly work with individuals.As an Occupational Therapist for 13 years I worked in many NHS settings & across a variety of NHS Trusts.
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 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
£55-60 for individuals (50 minutes). This fee is for Initial Consultations & for ongoing sessions.
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.
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.
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