Hi - thank you for taking a look at my page. I would like to tell you a little about how I work, and if you have any further questions please feel free to call.
I work with adults, providing a service to people in the surrounding areas of Teesside, Cleveland, North Yorkshire and County Durham. My therapy room is easily accessible on the outskirts of Stokesley, and I can also offer online sessions if required.
I help people deal with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, and trauma and loss. I also work with sleep difficulties, eating disorders, addictions, OCD and life transitions, and living with physical health conditions including persistent/long-term pain, and health difficulties such as cardiac conditions, stroke and diabetes. I work with carers to help them manage the often difficult role of caring for a relative.
I also work with past or recent trauma, which can continue to have an impact on everyday life, and day-to-day functioning and well-being. Therapy, and in particular EMDR, is helpful for these issues.
The goals of therapy will be yours to decide upon - guided by me and my experience in what can effectively be addressed in therapy. This may include finding ways of coming to a state of "acceptance", developing understanding of, managing or overcoming specific difficulties, or coming to a fuller understanding of yourself and how you function and feel in the world.
Clinical psychologists are trained in a number of different therapy types, and to work across the lifespan with all age groups. We have a breadth and depth of training that can help with a wide presentation of commonly experienced human emotional and behavioural problems.
I draw especially on a number of therapeutic models, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, hypnotherapy, psychodynamic theories, art therapy, mindfulness and counselling models. I may explore attachment, which helps us understand our early relationships with others, especially care-givers, and how this impacts upon our present life and relationships. I also use strategies from motivational interviewing which can be particularly helpful in making difficult but important life changes. We might use talking, writing or drawing/making art as a way to help you express yourself, and work towards resolutions. Some clients prefer to take a very here-and-now solution focussed approach. Some people just like a few brief sessions of very structured psycho-education and supported self-help, and for some this is a very good way to work. Others prefer a longer period of therapy to give themselves the security and space to work on deeper or longer term issues.
We may agree to focus our work together on one particular way of working, or more likely, I will integrate influences from any or all of the models, adapted to best suit your needs, and we would discuss and agreed this together.
I offer EMDR, which is an evidence-based treatment that can offer very good results quickly in some cases - specifically in trauma, PTSD and other difficulties. If you are interested in finding out more about this treatment modality, and whether it would be suitable for you, please call for an initial conversation.
I will explain the various ways of working, and what I feel will best meet your needs in the initial session, and throughout sessions as they progress.
I would be very pleased to hear from you if you would like any further information on the above, or to discuss your needs and arrange a session. An initial brief telephone conversation can give you the chance to find out if you feel comfortable to work with me - a good therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of effective therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied initially at the University of Leeds where I was awarded BSc hons in Psychology, and then later an MA in Guidance and Counselling at the University of Durham, and an MSc in Occupational Psychology at University of Leicester. I then went on to do further studying, professional development and qualifications in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Adult Attachment Interview and Motivational Interviewing. I am currently developing further professionally in the area of ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
I have over 20 years working in clinical psychology departments within the NHS, and in last 10 years in senior psychologist and management roles. I adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct, having registration as a Clinical Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and as Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society.
I am committed to ongoing professional development. I am trained in EMDR (Part 1, 2 & 3). I regularly undertake training, supervision and other forms of learning in my specialist areas, and other areas which are of interest to me professionally.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adjusting to and managing long term physical health conditions including chronic pain, diabetes, coronary heart disease and heart attack, stroke.
£110.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
There is no charge for the initial telephone conversation, where we can discuss the issues concerning you, and how we may work on these together in your therapy. I have a number of associates I can refer to, where appropriate.
I am a recognised provider with insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva and VitalityHealth. If you have health insurance your insurer may cover all or part of the cost of your therapy. Please call for details.
I currently have limited availability on Tuesday and Wednesday daytimes.
I have a therapy room based at Stokesley Business Park, with easy access from surrounding areas. The room provides a pleasant and therapeutic space in which you can explore your difficulties in a safe and supportive setting within an empathic and confidential therapeutic relationship.
Online therapy is also available - please ask if you would like to find out more about this. Online therapy can be a flexible solution for people who find it difficult to leave home for any reason, have busy schedules, or are travelling away from home.
My sessions run from 9.20 am to 4.20 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Sessions take place at my office in Stokesley, or online where required.
I am sorry I am not able to respond immediately to urgent concerns. If you are in crisis, you should see your GP, or if it is an emergency, access emergency services. You can also contact The Samaritans for immediate support.
Protection of your data
I aim to look after clients' personal and sensitive data very carefully. We can discuss this when we meet, and in the meantime, if you have any concerns, please keep your initial email enquiry brief, or make contact by telephone if you prefer. I look forward to hearing from you.