When you come to therapy with me we will start on a process of discovery... of who you really are and how you tick. We will explore situations as they happen to you and identify patterns of behaviour and areas where you might choose to make changes. Very small changes can have long term effects - like the ripples on water.
Experience in life has shown me that we are often influenced by subtle, unspoken, unconscious impressions from the past. You may be very puzzled as to how you get into certain situations again and again. Together we can uncover these conundrums and understand what is really going on.
My focus is on working with people who want to improve the quality of their life and of their relationships. Whatever it is that you need to resolve - be it depression, anxiety, bereavement, anger management, loss, anxiety or anything else - I would like to help you to achieve a more satisfying, contented life and feel more alive and vital.
The aim of my work with clients is to support them in reconnecting, strengthening and healing themselves.
I enjoy being able to pass on this knowledge, and these techniques of understanding. For me this is a lifelong journey, I am constantly learning about myself and others and gaining new insight. I find the process interesting and deeply rewarding.
It might take you a relatively short time to find your direction and bring resolution to your problems, or you may prefer to take longer with the process of discovery.
I use Transactional Analysis psychotherapy because it is clear, easy to understand and a useful 'language' that we can use for identifying what is really going on! However it also has huge depth and can help to explain deep seated beliefs and impressions and enable us to stretch to a new way of being.
The philosophy of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy:
People are OK
Everyone has the capacity to think
People decide their own destiny, and these decisions can be changed
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a lifelong fascination with people and how they operate. I have a natural ability to communicate with people which I have used to good effect in the therapy world as well as previously in the IT training world.
People tell me that I do not judge and I know that one of my strengths is openness to difference and diversity. I strongly believe in honesty and friendliness.
My motto is 'Live and Let Live'
A requirement of my professional training was that I undertook four years of personal psychotherapy myself. I have confronted and explored my ways of relating to myself and to others. This has given me increased self awareness and insight, and a deep understanding of what it is like to be in the client's chair.
Training in brief:-
4 years Advanced Training in Clinical Psychotherapy at Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy (MiP) culminating in a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.
Working towards the next qualification - to be a Certified Transactional Analyst - which is the equivalent of an Msc.
12 months voluntary work as a psychotherapist at a Low Cost Clinic.
I provide a private practice offering counselling and psychotherapy - which has been operating since 2009.
Previously, from 1985 until 2012, I worked in the IT industry, I established a successful company offering IT training & consultancy in 1995 which employed 5 staff.
I have regular supervision with an experienced and qualified supervisor. I undergo regular personal psychotherapy which enables me to clear any of my own issues that might otherwise negatively influence my work.
I continually attend to my learning and enjoy attending conferences and workshops.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
I also offer 'online' counselling using Skype (with video).
I find this can work very well, particularly once we have met and got to know each other a little, because you are in your own safe environment and therefore, possibly, more comfortable.
£45 per 1 hour for individuals - £60 per 1.5 hours for couples
Lower cost options available for individuals on low incomes or claiming state benefits.
The first half hour session will be FREE in order to enable us to decide if we want to work together.
I offer day and evening sessions every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Earliest sessions start at 10:30am, the latest start time is 7:30pm.
There is no waiting list at present
When I work
I have spaces available
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
The UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
The International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA)
Fellow of The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI)
I abide by the ethical frameworks and the professional practice of these organisations.
I have full and comprehensive indemnity insurance with the Oxygen Professional Risks Insurance.