The mind is naturally drawn to feelings and thoughts, that is its nature. It daydreams and worries, it gets bored, it wanders. It is natural for us to experience strong emotional feelings: anxiety, sadness, joy, envy, hatred, anger. if we allow our feelings to come and go then we don't need to worry. It is when we become overwhelmed with our feelings and emotions and they start to affect our lives that we hit a problem.
My own interest in counselling began when I was working at a school for young offenders. It helped to explain why they behaved as they did. It offered me an account of why all of us can behave in a way which confuses people. I undertook a rigorous training at the Tavistock Institute in London which highlighted the importance of kindness, respect and tolerance for all individuals especially when they are having a tough time.
Counselling is one way of beginning to feel in charge. Don't be drawn down into the stream's current; sit on the bank of the stream and observe yourself.
I have helped clients with the following: self harm and eating issues, body dysmorphia, parent work, betrayal, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts; sexuality issues; sexual abuse; anger management. Many people suffer needlessly and alone and find it especially hard to ask for help.
Clients often come back and if they move away request telephone counselling which I am pleased to offer. Consistent attention can make the difference between confusion and movement forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust Fund in London for five years and have Post Graduate Diplomas in Psychodynamic Counselling and Analytical Observation. My training was thorough; the institution prides itself as a leading training provider in all aspects of Mental Health in the country. The psychotherapists there are highly respected. I am therefore proud of the service I can offer you and still attend there for regular supervision.
I work within a strict code of personal and professional ethics and am a full member of BACP. I have been awarded the BACP Certificate of Proficiency making me eligible to go onto the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. This Register is the first to become accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
My earlier work was in teaching and pastoral work in HE/FE where I ran an English Department which also gave me immense satisfaction. Now, along with my therapy role, I still tutor young people part time. I admire the work of the Samaritans as well as MIND with whom I have volunteered in the past.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. 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
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I charge £50 per session which lasts for 50 minutes. Discounts are offered to people on low incomes. Therapy is an expense; research has shown that people commit more to the experience if they pay and this is important. However, not everybody can afford £50 and I am sympathetic to this.
The practice has easy parking.
At present I have no disabled access to my consulting room.
I work late on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. I have not shut down at all.
I like to set aside a space for children or adolescents who are having difficulties and welcome them with or without their families.
I would be happy to see key workers to offer them my listening skills. If you feel you'd like to come and see me please get in touch.