Are you coping with life by drinking too much, using drugs (prescription or otherwise), self harming, eating or any other habitual or harmful behaviour? Do you find anxiety increases or becomes unbearable if you try and control or stop these behaviours?
You are not alone, I see many clients from all walks of life who are just trying to "cope" but the coping mechanisms are now starting to become a problem in themselves.
I also see many clients who are still "coping", who haven't yet developed any harmful behaviours but come seeking help before things get out of hand.
I have 20 years experience of helping clients deal with these issues and in most cases completely successfully. I work with young people, adults and groups
Originally trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, I understand the impact early life experiences can have on us today. However, I have received further extensive training over the years including post graduate training in Addiction Psychology which enables me to work in a more integrative way. For example I draw on techniques based on motivational psychology and CBT to address the addictive or habitual behaviour. For further, on-going work I will use mindfulness, family systems and psychodynamic theories and practises.
Sessions will be tailored to your personal requirements and often just one or two sessions can be enough to kick start a change. I also offer half hour sessions which are sometimes all that is required. I do not insist on regular, weekly sessions unless we agree it may be beneficial.
Issues that I commonly work with that are often associated with addictive type behaviours are:
- Self harm
- Domestic violence
- Self esteem
- Grief and loss
I believe it is vital that you feel comfortable working with a therapist and therefore I offer a free half hour consultation on the phone or face to face at my practise room in Stockbridge, Hampshire.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked extensively within statutory (NHS), private and volunatary addiction services as a counsellor, group facilitator, supervisor and trainer. I have implemented counselling services within schools (age 11 and up) and have worked extensively with Young Carers. I now combine private practise with my NHS work.
- Advanced Diploma Counselling 1999
- Advanced Diploma Counselling Supervision 2014
- PGdip Addiction Psychology & Counselling 2013
- Foundation Cert in Systemic Psychotherapy 2011
- Clinical Supervision (NHS) 2011
- MI Train the Trainer 2014/2015 MINT with Rollnick and Miller
- Motivational Interviewing (twice yearly since 2003)
- Hidden Harm 2014
- Behavioural Couples Therapy 2014
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy 2013
- Relapse Prevention 2010
- Relapse Prevention 2009
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Level I and II) 2009
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy 2008
- Diversity & Human Rights 2009
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy 2008
- Introduction to Bipolar Disorder 2007
- Personal Performance Coaching 2006
- Psychosis Awareness Training 2006
- Safer Injecting 2006
- Dual Diagnosis Training 2005
- Transference and Counter Transference with
- Survivors of Sexual Abuse 2005
- Thought Field Therapy, Diagnositic Practitioner 2004
- Acupuncture Detox Practitioner 2003
- Relapse Prevention Training 2003
- NLP 2003
- Support Group Facilitator Training 2002
- Advanced Support Group Facilitator Training 2002
Registered Member BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psycotherapists)
Member NCS (Accred) (National Counselling Society)
Member FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals)
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
National Counselling Society
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Having been a musician before re-training as a counsellor, I am particularly empathic towards other musicians, artists and performers especially regarding performance anxiety and alcohol/drug use.
Initial Half Hour Consultation: Free
One Hour Session: £55
Half Hour Session : £30
Appointments in person or telephone
Payment accepted: Card (Visa, Mastercard etc), cash, bank transfer
Supervision: £55 per hour
Training: Please contact me for further information
This is a competely confidential counselling service which means you details remain with me only. However, to keep within the law and for safe practise there are some circumstances where I may have to share information for example if a reduction from medication requires supervision and medical adivse, this would be done in consultation with your GP or other private medical practitioner. For further information please see my website.
All calls and emails are answered by myself only. All report writing is done by myself only.
I may not pick up the phone immediately, but leave a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours.