Therapy can be a daunting prospect, especially if it's a new venture for you, and especially if you're struggling, overwhelmed or distressed. I've been practicing as a therapist for over 10 years, but I never forget how hard it can be to reach out and talk to someone new. So please be assured that you'll find a kind and friendly welcome here and a respectful, non-judgemental space, and that I'll try to make it as easy as possible for you to talk about whatever is troubling you.
Our first 30 minute meeting is free and without obligation - an opportunity for you to meet me, ask any questions, and generally see whether I feel like the right person for you, and for me to get a sense of what you're looking for. This first appointment can usually be arranged within a few days.
I work from a quiet, private consulting room in my home in the village of Wivenhoe, near Colchester, Essex. There is easy on-street parking nearby and Wivenhoe railway station is a 5 minute walk away. I also offer sessions by skype. Flexible daytime and evening appointments are available.
I work with individuals and couples, and I use a variety of approaches (details on my website), but always bring care and sensitivity, lively curiosity, and open heartedness to our sessions. Some people imagine that therapists 'just listen' and don't say much - whilst I will listen very carefully to you, I will also talk and am very actively engaged in sessions and working with you.
Over the years I have worked with people of all ages and from all walks of life, and with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety and panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder, addictions, eating distress, relationship issues, family issues, loss of meaning in life, work issues, worries around ageing and illness, bereavement, and I have extensive experience of working with trauma, sexual abuse and PTSD.
I provide both counselling/psychotherapy and Minded Yoga Therapy for mental health, but I can integrate many of the tools of yoga therapy (eg. mindfulness and breathing techniques) into talking therapy, if you're interested in that.
I look forward to hearing from you and will be glad to help in any way I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been practicing as a therapist for over 10 years and am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have previously worked as a therapist at a charity which supports women who have experienced sexual abuse or domestic violence. I currently work in private practice and see individuals and couples on a short or long term basis.
My training and qualifications are as follows:
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2006-2010) - including person-centred and psychodynamic approaches
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (2011-2012) - a method that is particularly useful for working with trauma.
- Minded Yoga Therapy (2014-2016) - specialising in the use of yoga and mindfulness for mental health.
- Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (2018) - a structured approach to couples therapy which research has shown to move 75-90% of couples from relationship distress to recovery.
- Internal Family Systems Therapy Levels 1, 2 and 3 (2018-2020) – a highly compassionate, accepting and transformative approach which works with the many different ‘parts’ each of us has within us to create greater emotional balance and promote healing and personal growth.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition to Counselling/Psychotherapy I am also a trained Minded Yoga Therapist. I specialise in using yoga and mindfulness for mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and PTSD, but I also work with people with physical difficulties and with the mental health implications of physical issues such as chronic pain or the distress of serious illness. Please see my website for details, or contact me to discuss your concerns and how I may be able to help.
My fees are usually £50 per hour for individuals and £70 per 1 hour or £90 per 1 hour 30 mins for couples. However, I can sometimes offer reduced rates on the basis of need: if the usual fee is not affordable for you, please don't be put off - this is something we can discuss in our initial free consultation.
Reduced fees (£40) are available to university students; to students on counselling, psychotherapy or psychology training; and to keyworkers and those on a low income.