Hello. Life is often not easy. Perhaps relationships are a struggle, or work is stressful, or things don't feel good. Maybe you are experiencing anxiety or depression or the effects of trauma. Many people are finding that the current situation interferes with their lives and causes stress and low mood. Perhaps you are looking to change direction and reach your potential. Or some other reason.
We all have times when we need support. My aim as a therapist is to help you to get from where you are now to where you would like to be, to assist you to find a way to a better place. You can share your concerns with me and I will be with you in your difficulties, you need not be alone. I will use my skills and experience to guide you and to assist you to heal and to grow.
I offer a safe and confidential space where you can say whatever is on your mind. It can be really helpful to be properly listened to and to express your concerns without being judged, maybe for the first time. I will help you to feel understood. We can work together to untangle your thoughts and feelings, and address what may be troubling you. We can increase your self awareness, and improve how you cope, and help you to be confident in your capabilities.
About me and my approach
I am an experienced integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, with extensive training. Integrative means that I use different types of therapy and approaches as best suited to you and your needs. How therapy works varies a great deal, and your course of therapy will be unique to you.
I believe the therapeutic relationship between a client and a therapist is very important, as that enables us to talk and to work together. Also many issues that people suffer have their root in relationships and experiencing a supportive relationship can make a lot of difference.
I make use of Attachment theory, which describes how we relate to each other. I am influenced by Gestalt therapy with an emphasis on the connections between people, and experiences at the present moment, and on trying out new ways of being. I am also influenced by Psychodynamic therapy which considers how past learning and experiences influence our relationships and behaviour today.
Therapy typically involves a discussion between you and me. It is up to you what you choose to bring. We will discuss your thoughts and feelings and I will offer as appropriate different perspectives and guidance. My approach is to help you to find the answers that are best for you. I seek to provide an environment in which you can change and grow.
As a person I am warm and approachable, and try to put myself in the other persons shoes. One reason I became a therapist is because, in a volunteer role, I really liked listening to people and what concerned them. Before becoming a therapist I worked in business and learned many life lessons through facing my own challenges and difficulties, which are very helpful to being a therapist.
Who are my clients?
The answer is people like you and me! I am pleased to offer therapy to a variety of clients, of different ages, genders, sexuality, backgrounds, ethnicity and beliefs, and who have a range of different issues they wish to focus on.
You may be unsure about whether therapy is for you, if so might it be helpful to discuss that? Or perhaps you are looking for the right therapist. Why not phone me for a no commitment chat? Or you can message or email me, I would like to see if I can help you. I realise that reaching out can be difficult, and will respond to your questions and concerns and help you to feel at ease.
If you then want to continue further we could have an initial meeting. This is an opportunity to talk more about your concerns and what you might hope for from therapy. You will be able to see if I am the right person for you and that the kind of therapy I offer suits you. There is no obligation to continue.
If we decide to work together then usually we would meet for a 50 minute session at a regular time each week. If that is not possible then I may be able to offer a more flexible arrangement.
We live in strange times with Covid-19. It has affected us all, it may be that you have suffered a lot. Surveys suggest that for many their mental health has been impacted.
Covid-19 has also had a significant impact on how therapy is provided. I currently mainly offer therapy on-line by video or by phone. I find this works well for many clients. I mainly use Zoom and VSee but will consider other platforms if that suits you better. I am happy to discuss the practicalities of on-line therapy with you.
I also offer face to face therapy outdoors, this is safer than indoors, although this is dependent upon the weather and finding a suitable place to meet. This works best alongside on-line therapy.
Do you want to find out more? Then you can phone or email or message me. Or my website (link on this page) gives more of an idea of what you can expect from me and also has information about therapy and what it might mean for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master’s degree (MSc) in Integrative Psychotherapy (4 years).
- Level 4 Course in Counselling Skills (1 year).
I undertake regular professional development, and typically attend courses for about 8 days a year as well as other meetings and on-line training.
I am a registered/accredited member of UKCP, (UK Council for Psychotherapy), who act my regulatory authority and I adhere to their Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct. I undertake supervision in accordance with their requirements. I am fully insured and DBS cleared.
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.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Your experience may not fit into a single neat box, that is normal. What matters is the effect that issues you may experience are having on you.
Concessions offered for
My standard fee is £45-50 a session; if that is not affordable then please do talk to me as I offer concessions at a reduced rate. I recognise that recent events have increased financial hardship.
The length of time that therapy takes will depend on your needs and the issues that you wish to consider, it will be your choice. This is something we will discuss.
I offer a free initial telephone call to start to discuss your situation.