I am a member of the Watford Psychotherapy Network. I treat a range of issues that include:
- Panic Attacks
- Relationship Problems
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Stress, including Work Stress
- Low Self Esteem
- Body Image Problems
- Sexual Problems
- Pain and Adjusting to Ill Health
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a psychotherapist in NHS adult psychotherapy services and in my own private practice for over 25 years. This has enabled me to acquire considerable experience in working with the often, very complex psychological situations that confront many people seeking help to resolve mental health and emotional problems. I specialise in individual and group psychotherapy. I am also an EMDR practitioner, with a focus on trauma and PTSD.
I approach my work from a relational standpoint. This means that I would explore with you what's happening with regard to the problems that are affecting you in the here and now of your daily life from the perspective of people and situations that matter to you.
A vital part of that exploration would be to consider the effect that past relationships, experiences and situations have on your life now. This is because we now know that difficult experiences in our past can continue to affect us years later, despite our best efforts to prevent that happening.
My orientation and therapeutic focus has evolved from a number of different theoretical approaches that have evolved over time. A central theme though, will be an understanding of the effect that unconscious processes have on our conscious self.
Being a relational psychotherapist, I generally prefer face-to-face work. However, I do offer online therapy using the video app Zoom. During the current coronavirus pandemic, all my work is now conducted online using Zoom and I welcome enquiries for online therapy.
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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