Clinical Experience in Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have been working as an individual and group therapist for almost 30 years. I have experience of working with people with a variety of emotional, relationship and identity problems. As a psychotherapist I have experience of providing both short term counselling and long term psychotherapy.
What to expect during Counselling, Psychotherapy
The first session is a chance for us to meet, for you to tell me what has brought you to therapy and for me to let you know the way I work. We can then decide if we feel we can work together (with no obligation to continue).
I use an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy drawing from a variety of interests, training and experience. The main theoretical grounding for my work is Transactional Analysis (TA). This approach includes developing a therapy contract where the client is encouraged to explore and name what they want from therapy and together the client and myself work towards these aims in a collaborative way.
For example, the contract might be a desire to process a significant loss, a greater understanding of the self or help in improving life through making healthy choices. This can include getting support to understand and change unhealthy behaviour patterns and to get to know and accept who you truly are. Depending on the cleint's needs the work can range from short term solution focused counselling, (drawing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aspects of my training) to long term psychodynamic orientated work.
I work with an underlying philosophy that people are essentially ok and that everyone has value, worth and dignity. In psychotherapy I see there is a focus on three areas: the influences of the past, understanding and dealing with current life experiences and what is happening between us as another way of understanding other relationships.
I see people weekly and the length of counselling or psychotherapy depends very much on the cleint and their needs.
As well as practicing as a psychotherapist I am also a qualified dramatherapist with over twenty years experience working with individuals and groups. From this training, and if the client is interested, I am experienced in working with story, metaphor, and the exploration of dreams.
Training, qualifications & experience
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist - Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapist since 2008
MSc Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy - Middlesex University (UK) 2008
Post Graduate Foundation Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Metanoia Institute 2009
HPC Registered Dramatherapist
Certificate in Dramatherapy - Central School of Speech and Drama 1987
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
Sorry I am not available to take on new clients.