Life is difficult and I struggled for half of mine before I decided to seek help through counselling/therapy which opened up a whole new world for me. After some years, I decided to train in the integrative approach to therapy, encompassing different theories, with an emphasis on the use of arts, metaphor and creativity, to fit you and whatever works best for each person's individual needs. Added to the arts, I also draw upon developmental and relational perspectives and pay particular attention to the body as we can hold a great deal of mental anguish within ourselves. I believe that there are many perspectives to see oneself, the world and how we relate and connect to others. These ideas will support us together to untangle childhood issues, current relational struggles, or whatever may be upsetting for you.
After one session we can usually tell if we would be the right fit to work together on the issues you may bring. Once we begin the journey together, there is no limit to the amount of sessions I offer but I do suggest that we start with six sessions. For some people, this is enough to help them, either out of a crisis, or on their way with some new perspectives. There is no 'one size fits all'. Please do call and we can have a brief chat to see if you feel we could work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. A post-grad diploma in Attachment based Therapy and have recently trained as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
I have been in Private Practice since 2006. Alongside which I worked in a substance misuse treatment centre delivering individual psychotherapy and running groups for three years. I volunteered at Kids Company for one year, offering counselling services to carers. I then worked at Richmond Counselling & Psychotherapy Services, offering low cost therapy for six years & co-facilitating a low cost therapeutic support group at RCPS S for five years.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are 50 minutes, ideally on a weekly basis at a cost of £90 although I do offer a limited number of reduced fee places for those on a low income.
Tuesday to Friday, 9-18.30 and some Saturday mornings. It is ideal to come the same time each week, although I can be flexible