I offer weekly, individual psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults and young people from quiet, private rooms in Appleby Magna. In this confidential environment you have the time and space to think about the difficulties and challenges which have brought you to therapy, and the lasting change you wish to gain from committing to therapy.
The approach I use is not about advise giving or instruction, but rather about putting your problems in the context of your whole life past and present.This could mean examining repeated patterns of behaviour to find their origins, seeking reasons why close relationships feel hard, or why certain situations feel so daunting and create so much anxiety. In truth, the majority of people who seek counselling or psychotherapy have a number of areas in their life which are "just not right" leading to sadness and dissatisfaction. As you develop a deeper understanding of your self long-lasting change can take place.
At an initial consultation we will discuss your therapy needs and how you hope to benefit. Therapy can be short term and focused, or a longer term opportunity to explore your issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my working life as a hospital doctor before specialising in General Practice. I worked in the NHS for over 15 years. I was always most interested in the psychological aspects of medicine and so I studied for my Masters in Psychodynamic Counselling at The University of Leicester.
After deciding to change careers and become a full-time counsellor and psychotherapist I worked as an adult therapist in an NHS Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Service as well as starting my own private practice. I continue to work with adults in my private practice.
I have worked with Looked- after children in residential care as well as children who are excluded from mainstream and attend SEMH schools. I currently work with students in primary and secondary educational settings, as well as seeing young people privately. Alongside a colleague we are able to offer therapy and support to children and their parents to create a containing environment for the difficulties they are experiencing.
My office is in The Sir John Moore Institute in Appleby Magna which is a quiet, peaceful location, ideal for therapeutic work.
I offer individual clients the opportunity to explore their problems and difficulties whilst helping them to think in depth about the origins of their problems. With this exploration and new found understanding change and personal growth takes place.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and practice according to their ethical guidelines. I undertake regular supervision of my work with a therapist colleague as per the BACP ethical guidelines for supervision. I have personal indemnity insurance and enhanced DBS clearance.
As a therapist I have experience working with:
- relationship difficulties
- those experiencing difficulties at work
- those who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse,
- those struggling with faith issues
- those who are struggling with self-harmful behaviours e.g eating difficulties, addiction, 'cutting'.
The above list is not exhaustive and I welcome your enquiries to discuss your individual therapeutic needs.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual therapy (50 minutes) £55
Initial consultation session (lasting approximately 90minutes) £65
Appointments available daytimes Monday- Friday Evening appointments available by arrangement