I am a highly experienced psychotherapist working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, gender issues and self-esteem. In light of the coronavirus I am offering sessions on SKYPE, ZOOM, WHATSAPP and/or FACETIME to all clients so that they can access the counselling they need. This is effective for many forms of therapy including EMDR.
I am trained in a wide range of different therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, EMDR, CFT, Mindfulness, systemic, psychodynamic and person centred. This means that we will work with the approach best suited to your needs and so the initial assessment of what you want and need from therapy is a really important part of the overall process.
I am not a 'blank slate' therapist who gives little back to their clients, you will find me professional and yet warm, compassionate, open and congruent - we will work collaboratively together to help you bring about the changes you want to experience. I stay up to date with the literature on what methods and techniques are most appropriate for working with different issues and I will always recommend a referral if I feel a different therapist or modality will better suit your needs.
I am very experienced in working with anxiety, with a deep understanding of the neuroscience underpinning anxiety disorders. My approach draws on a range of techniques including CBT and mindfulness and I have a very high success rate with clients in resolving this debilitating condition. Often just a few sessions can break the negative cycle of anxiety and panic attacks that can be so restricting.
Another area of specialisation is in relationship issues with couples or individuals. I have an MA in Relationship Therapy and trained with Relate in Cambridge and Peterborough and still retain an ongoing practice with Relate. Research has found that the average couple waits 6+ years before engaging in counselling, by which time the problems may have escalated and the relationship may be in crisis. Yet by the end of the first session almost every couple that I meet says 'I wish we'd come sooner, this is so helpful'. Counselling really can improve relationships so I would encourage you to get help as early as possible.
Another specialisation is self-esteem. I have a particular interest in helping high functioning individuals who are struggling with self esteem (i.e. you look to the rest of the world like you are coping and functioning well) . If this is you, then you may be finding it difficult to reveal your true self to friends and even partners for fear of rejection. Despite your external veneer of success and/ or confidence, internally you may be feeling unlovable and unworthy. Counselling can really help by developing a sense of positive self-worth.
Also drawing on techniques from CBT I work with depression, both with individuals and with couples. If you are suffering with depression then it may be encouraging to know that talking therapies have been shown to be at least (if not more) effective than medication. And the effects are more long lasting.
Suicidal thoughts often go hand in hand with depression and can feel overwhelming and very frightening. Feeling hopeless and helpless is a desperately lonely place where suicide can feel like the only way out. If this is you then please come and talk through these feelings as it really can make such a difference. If you are in immediate need of support then the Samaritans are available to support you 24 hours a day on 116123.
Eating disorders: Eating disorders are complex and require a tailored approach to suit each specific patient and so an extensive assessment is vital to prepare for counselling. I have extensive experience of working with eating disorders (AN and BN), both in a specialist in patient setting, as well as in the community. I draw on a range of models when working with eating disorders, including CBT-e , EMDR, ACT and systemic.
Gender issues: I have a wealth of experience of working with gender issues, particularly where these are affecting relationships and issues of sexuality. So if this is you then it's important to know that counselling can really help. I have worked with individuals, couples and families affected by gender-related issues. I am a recommended practitioner for the Beaumont Society, a charity that aims to support transgender individuals. They also have a 24 hour helpline 01582 412220 if you want to talk to someone in confidence.
Research: Research from my clients shows incredibly positive feedback and I'm so proud of this because I came into this profession to help people make the changes they want in their lives. Post-counselling questionnaires show an average rating being 9.5 out of 10 across all clients I have seen in the past 5 years. And I've also had the highest success rates for recovery from emotional distress amongst my colleagues in the IAPT service.
Ongoing interests: I am currently doing a PhD on the role of psycho-education in improving relationships. For this research I have developed a series of short educational videos on topics such as managing difference, what makes a good relationship, communication etc. If you’d like to know more about this research or to access the videos then please contact me and I’d be happy to provide you with more information
Working ethically is central to my practice and I am a member of the BPS (British Psychological Society), AFT (the Association of Family Therapy) and the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Ethics cover all areas of good practice such as confidentiality, data protection and standards of practice. I am also committed to ongoing research and training into the best way of working with clients and techniques for addressing specific problems.
Contact If you'd like to get in touch with me, either to book an appointment or to find out more, please click on the email link or call me on my mobile. I'm happy to chat on the phone about your situation although I'm usually busy with clients during the day and early evenings, so you may need to leave me a message, but I will always call back or respond to an email promptly.
Finally: Not everyone can afford the cost of private counselling and yet this shouldn't mean you don't get the help you need. So if you need counselling but can't afford to pay privately then there are various options available. Many charities provide counselling for free or at low cost - these will often show up in an internet search. Alternatively you can self-refer yourself into the NHS Wellbeing service at wellbeing.org.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (1st class hons)
MSc Counselling Psychology
MA in Relationship Therapy (Distinction)
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (ongoing)
IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression
CBT-e for eating disorders
In addition I've completed many topic specific trainings including:
- Mental Health (anxiety, depression)
- Adult survivors of sexual abuse
- Child and adolescent psychotherapy
- Working with feelings of shame
- Domestic violence
- Sexual violence / rape
- Suicide and suicidal ideation
- Sex / Love addiction
- Gender counselling
I am a member of
- BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists)
- AFT (Association of Family Therapists)
- BPS (British Psychological Society)
I have regular supervision and and bound by the guidelines for ethical practice for all three organisations listed above.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are dependent on the time and location you select for your appointment and whether you are attending as an individual, couple or family. But as a guide they are as follows