I want to start by assuring you that whatever is causing you distress at the moment is something you can overcome.
Therapy can help most emotional, relational and psychological difficulties we experience in our life, including anxiety, depression and panic feelings. Sometimes talking through your concerns and being listened to, heard and understood, can allow you to see things from a different perspective. It is often hard to do this on your own and therapy can help start this process of developing insight and self-awareness about your situation.
The art of therapy is to help people come to terms with any problems they are facing, with an ultimate aim of overcoming them. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings and come to know themselves in more depth. Therapy can also be used for self-actualisation and personal development. You don't need to be experiencing difficulties to reap the benefits of this truly unique and precious relationship.
What to expect from me:
- You will be fully accepted (and not judged) for all of who you are.
- You will be given all the time it takes to tell your story. You don’t need to be in a hurry.
- You will be able to give a voice to aspects of yourself that may be unattended to, ignored or avoided.
- Your feelings and thoughts about your experiences will be listened to, heard and respected.
- And slowly, as you tell your story, you will come to a better understanding and deeper awareness of whatever has brought you to my counselling room.
- We will explore how you can develop healthier relationships and behaviour patterns so that old situations do not keep happening.
- You will leave with a clearer sense of who you really are, and how to deal with life from a more integrated and powerful self.
Theoretically, (the technical blurb!) I work within an integrative orientation grounded in humanistic and experiential therapies. I draw on the following approaches; Person-Centred, Internal Family Systems, Gestalt chairwork, Focusing, Neo-Reichian, Process-Orientated psychotherapy, voice dialogue work, family constellations and shamanic psychotherapy.
What this actually means is that I promise you a genuine relationship in which I will listen deeply, be gentle, empathetic, honest and accepting of all aspects of you. But therapy is not just about listening well (although this is so massively important). I also have knowledge gained through my education and experience, and we can use the theory and techniques of the different approaches to help us both to get a deeper understanding and awareness of you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional experience in private practice stretches over two decades, working initially as a nutritionist, followed by counselling and psychotherapy in the last 10 years. I am also trauma-informed IFS therapist registered with the IFS-Institute UK.
I am a fully qualified and insured Counsellor and Psychotherapist, registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) . I'm also a Nutritional Therapist, registered with the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) (although I no longer offer nutrition sessions as I focus solely on psychotherapy now).
- PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
- BA (Hons) in Philosophy
- IFS Therapist: Level 1 Trained
- Certificate in Couple Counselling
- Diploma in Nutritional Medicine
- Psychotherapeutic Shamanic Therapist
- Accentis 1/2 & 3: Counselling Skills
- Treating complex trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- IEMT - Integral Eye Movement Therapy
- Safeguarding: Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
- Core: Domestic Violence and Abuse
- Working with Grief: A Gestalt Approach
- Connecting with Shame: A Relational View
- Developing Dreamwork CPD
- Art of Repatterning (Family constellations and systems)
- Art of Mapping (Neo-Reichian Therapy and body work)
- Art of Tracking (Process-oriented psychotherapy and body work)
- Working with Death and Dying
- Multiple mindfulness & meditation courses/practices
- ASIST - Applied suicide intervention skills training
- Aus Flowers Practitioner
I am also DBS checked.
I am committed to and passionate about my own personal growth. I believe it is important to walk my talk and I have had over ten years of personal therapy in the integrative approach. Ethical therapeutic practice is crucial to me, as is ongoing professional development through workshops and further training.
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
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
£45.00 per session
Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling:
All sessions are an hour long: Cost £45
Appointments available Monday to Thursday: daytime and evenings.