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Psychodynamic Therapist/ Embrace Counselling Service

About me

***COVID-19*** update; I am returning to face to face working as of May 2021. All current safe working guidelines will be followed to ensure a safe environment. I will still also be offering both online video call sessions and telephone.

I am a qualified Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, this means that my practice has been deemed to meet the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. My certificate number is 00840480 this can be used to identify and check the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. 

Beginning your counselling journey can feel overwhelming and daunting, however you have taken the first step in looking after you and that is something to feel proud of.  I believe we all need a space to communicate freely and to be heard without judgement.  Therefore I offer an open minded, down to earth counselling environment.  Where I aim to provide a safe, confidential space in order for you to focus on you. This time provides you with the opportunity to explore any feelings and emotions which may feel overbearing, confusing or painful; giving you the chance to gain some peace and clarity.

I am an integrative psychotherapist with a psychodynamic orientation.  This means I can work in a variety of ways and ensure that you get the best possible support for the issues you want to explore.  Throughout my career history, have committed myself to researching, tailoring, and applying a multitude of approaches that have been proven to support individuals in overcoming mental and emotional health issues.  Several years of practice in the mental health field, has contributed to my firm belief, that we all have the capacity to overcome trauma, and less than fair life experiences.  I draw on my theoretical knowledge as well as practical techniques from several different modalities to best serve the needs of my clients. I aim to provide a safe, confidential, and supportive space in which a trusting relationship can evolve.

Trauma such as neglect and psychological, physical and sexual abuse that has been experienced in early childhood can leave lasting, painful difficulties. Often these relate to problems such as struggles within close relationships, intimacy difficulties, becoming easily overwhelmed, needing to have control in many situations as well as experiencing anxiety and depression.

Being able to work at a deep emotional level is paramount in starting the journey to heal.

Psychodynamic therapy helps people recognise repressed emotions and unconscious influences that may be affecting their current behavior. Sometimes people act in certain ways or respond to others for reasons that they don’t really understand.

If you aren’t sure what type of counselling to go for, feel free to email or call me to enquire and we can discuss any queries you have in more detail.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice - (Prof.Dip Psy C) (Level 5)
  • CBT – diploma (Level 3)                                                                                   
  • AIM Awards – Diploma in Counselling Practice (Level 4) DIP.CST   
  • NCFE Diploma in Counselling Studies (Level 3) DIP                                 
  • CPCAB Counselling Skills Certificate (Level 2) CERT 
  • CPCAB Introduction into Counselling                                             
  • Gateway Safeguarding children and adults (Level 4)  
  • Coaching Leadership & Management – (Level 5)            
  • Mind body Breakthrough – Complex Trauma              
  • Suicide Prevention              
  • Psychologically informed environments - Support Business Training       
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training                             
  • Certificate - Creative Counselling For Young People 
  • Working at Relational Depth – Mick Cooper     
  • PODS Working with Shame – Carolyn Springs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I've gained experience working with a wide range of clients in various settings -  within a large private practice,  supported housing setting and through an NHS counselling service.

Some important aspects of psychodynamic therapy include:

Identifying patterns: Psychodynamic therapy helps people learn to recognize patterns in behavior and relationships. People often develop characteristic ways of responding to problems without really being aware of these tendencies. Learning to spot them, however, can help people find new approaches to coping with problems.

Understanding emotions: Research has found that psychodynamic therapy is useful for exploring and understanding emotions. Through gaining insight into emotional experiences, people are better able to recognize patterns that have contributed to dysfunction and then make changes more readily.

Improving relationships: Relationships with others are a key focus of psychodynamic therapy.  In working with a therapist, people are able to understand how they often respond to others.

I work with many issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, work-related stress and much more. If you are feeling lost or misunderstood, please get in contact so we can work together towards a happier, healthier you

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£35.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I currently charge £35.00 for 50 minute sessions.

I offer a 15 minute initial consultation over the phone.  In the call we will go through your expectations and answer any questions.  The initial session does not involve any commitment to further work.  

Please do not let fees, be a barrier for receiving help. With this in mind, please be aware that rates are negotiable for people who are either on low income, government benefits, reduced income, or for young adults facing financial hardship.

When I work

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I offer a warm and inviting counselling space in the centre of Derby City, free parking is available for your convenience. 

Room 20A, The College, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 3WZ

Type of session

In person