- I have worked in the NHS for many years as well as in private practice. I am quite friendly and try to work out with clients what it is they struggle with - and the reasons behind their difficulties. The reasons are not always the obvious ones or the ones that put us in a good light.
I see people (both individuals and couples) with various concerns about their lives and relationships. I provide a safe place to examine and think about how issues resurface and bring distress and often a sense of helplessness. These issues can be thought about and hopefully understood in context of the person’s life enabling them to be less overwhelmed by conflict, commitment, confidence - grief whatever the area of difficulty.
In our first few sessions, I will try to help you to tell your life story, including significant relationships and events, both happy and sad, from childhood to present day. The telling of this story often reveals patterns that may help us understand how you came to be the person you are today.
This knowledge, that we both acquire, can help one feel empowered and able to be different.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the Institute of Group Analysts (UKCP),
I have run groups and seen individual clients for 20 years, both as part of the NHS and privately. I have seen individual people with difficulties ranging from relationship crises, loss, sexual dysfunction, sexual abuse and personality disorders.
I have a certificate in the sexual relationship from the Tavistock and I have completed the Hold Me Tight (emotionally focused therapy for couples) training.
I have experience of working with Sensate focused therapy (a programme of physical exercises that address issues of desire, libido and dysfunction. These exercises are combined with exploring the psychological meaning behind these difficulties.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual - £60. Negotiable.
Couples £70. Negotiable.
If you are considering contacting me, please either email or phone. I am generally flexible with appointments.