I am sure you will have been trying incredibly hard to find solutions to your problems before you have decided to see a therapist. Sometimes it is hard to find our way forward from difficult circumstances, events, thoughts, emotions, and behaviours on our own. While we keep thinking about it, on our own we often do not notice our embedded assumptions, beliefs and attitudes that may be having an impact on our understanding and decisions.
Through the process of putting our experience into language, and talking with another, we can hear ourselves in a new way. Sometimes we are unable to change events, but we are often able to change our perspective and understanding of those events, enabling us to move forward. I am here to be alongside you, to hear you, to help you notice, and to work together to identify what you need to feel better.
Training, qualifications & experience
Whilst my first training is as a Counselling Psychologist I am also an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner and hold a Diploma in Trauma Therapy. I also have further training in Supervision, Stress Management, Mindfulness and Online Counselling.
I began my counselling career over 25 years ago as a counselling psychologist. I have worked in GP surgeries and primary care, in the Psychotherapy department of a large teaching hospital, and have been offering counselling to adults in an organisational context for the past sixteen years. Most recently I have worked with an organisation that offers free therapy to frontline workers in the NHS, and in private practice
I have worked using a brief model of therapy, offering up to 12 sessions in the first instance, and then continuing in line with your need. We review our work as we go and decide together how long it might be helpful for us to meet. That might be a few weeks, a few months or longer. I have also worked using the CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) model of 16 sessions.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£75.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
- Initial consultation – 30 minutes: no charge
- Individual Session – 50 minutes: £75
I provide face to face counselling via video through Doxy or Zoom.
I meet with all new clients for an initial consultation for 30 minutes. This is to enable us to mutually understand what you are seeking from therapy and to decide if working with me would be most suitable for you. There is no charge for this consultation. If we decide it would be helpful for you, we will agree a time for our meetings, and I will ask you to complete pre-therapy documentation.
Following sessions are 50 minutes and it is usual to meet weekly at the same time and on the same day of the week.