I am a couple counsellor/therapist with over 20 years experience working with Relate and in private practice with couples and individuals on relationship issues.
During this time of the outbreak of Coronavirus I am available only via Skype or FaceTime.
There may be challenging times in your relationship which make you feel stuck, hopeless or prevent you from moving forward in a constructive, fulfilling way. Acknowledging that your relationship may need help or support does not mean that you have failed in some way, it just means that you are searching for a new way of being or a resolution to your problems.
Problems can arise for all sorts of reasons. It may be the circumstances and situation you find yourselves in emotionally and/or physically together with all the pressures of modern life that are causing difficulties. On the other hand it may be experiences and relationships from the past are interferring at an emotional and psychological level with your current situation.
I see my work as supporting, helping and enabling people to explore and find new solutions, ideas and conclusions for whatever is going on for them and to enable progress in communication and greater awareness of themselves, each other and the relationship.
I offer a safe, confidential environment in my home with ample parking and work in a flexible way geared towards a clients needs and personality. I feel this is very important because as individuals we are all unique and respond differently to various approaches and ideas.
Training, qualifications & experience
Relate training 1987 - 91
ACC training 1992
Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling 1996
Post Graduate diploma in Relationship Therapy 2007 (psychodynamic and systemic)
My experience includes working both with individuals and couples on various issues which affect their relationship and I have also worked with conflict resolution within teams of management in business.
My referrals have come from various sources including GPs and solicitors.
Continuing professional development is ongoing and just some areas covered are
mental health and couple counselling, adult survivors of sexual abuse, affairs, solution focussed therapy, loss and bereavement, mindfulness, creative therapy techniques, crisis counselling, transactional analysis.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
depression in relationship
effects of redundancy on relationship
effects of serious illness on relationship
loss - both financial or emotional within relationship
In the current climate with the outbreak of Coronavirus I am offering Skype, and FaceTime at reduced rates of £65.00 per hour as there is no option at present for face to face counselling. This is negotiable if anyone is directly affected financially by the Coronavirus
In normal circumstances I offer £80.00 per 60 minutes during the week (some evening times are available as well as day times)
£90.00 per 60 minutes on a Saturday morning
These fees are negotiable where there is a low income.
I see a limited number of clients Monday to Friday day or early evening and occasionally on a Saturday morning.
What is relationship therapy?
It is where a couple come for counselling in order to find a way of overcoming difficulties in their relationship. Time to focus on each other. Focus on the relationship in a neutral space and be able to put their point across in a heard and safe environment. It is about clearing barriers and understanding the difference in the narratives so therefore having the potential to re-write the story of the relationship.
Often only an individual within a relationship will come. With this a different approach is needed but a change can still be impacted because as the individual grows in awareness and understanding of themselves and their situation, they begin to evolve and this can cause a shift in the dynamics of the relationship.