I offer psychotherapy and counselling for adults (over 16), individuals, couples and student/trainee therapists. I am also a supervisor-in-training and can offer individual or group supervision for therapists, non-therapists and organisations.
I am currently holding online or phone sessions while lockdown restrictions apply. I usually work from a dedicated therapy room in the centre of Long Eaton and hope to be returning there soon.
I appreciate that to get to this point you have already taken a risk. If you are looking for counselling or therapy, especially for the first time, it can be overwhelming to choose or decide who might be the best person to help you. I usually recommend you speak to more than one therapist so you get a sense of the differences between us. I offer an initial phone call so we can both ask any questions and have an experience of talking together before deciding to meet for a session. I undertake a fuller assessment of your situation and needs in an initial session if you decide to take things forward. If you would rather have a bit more information about me before contacting me then please continue reading.
I work with you, in an open and relational way and hope to facilitate your trust in me and the process of therapy by being authentic and involved. Feeling safe in therapy is important as it enables you to be more who you are without the need for judgments or defences. Sometimes we need to let our guard down so we can let the help and support we need in and attend fully to the issues underneath our personal symptoms, the 'stuckness' or crises in our lives or relationships. I can work with most issues and most people.
I also work developmentally which means I believe that our past experiences, especially those in our early life, continue to influence us in the present. Sometimes this means remembering or talking together about painful events or things that have hurt you in the past and/or facing difficult feelings of shame, fear, anger or grief. I believe this can be healing and help us understand and potentially change unhelpful patterns we may have in our life.
As well as talking, I also use mindfulness, creativity, exploration of bodily experiences and emotions when I work with people. I am open to working outside and have experience of working therapeutically in nature or walk and talk therapy. I have an interest in eco-psychotherapy, spirituality and personal growth in long-term therapy and grief tending and ritual around loss.
There are many different reasons to come to therapy. Something is most likely impacting your sense of wellbeing or your relationship(s), your ability to cope with life and its stresses or you feel blocked and aren't flourishing or fulfilling your potential. You may be anxious, grieving, have work issues, feel lonely, struggle with physical or mental health issues, disability, parenting or caring, birth trauma, panic, stress, depression, fragile sense of self, lack of confidence or self-esteem, loss or bereavement, fertility, transitions, sudden change, addiction, trauma or childhood abuse. It is not possible to name all reasons and sometimes we don't know why but we need to talk to someone in a confidential space and we need a witness; for someone else to see us and and listen to us. I want to say that's OK.
If you are interested in supervision please email or call me to talk through your individual, group or organisational requirements.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (Sherwood Institute Nottingham and Coventry University).
Additional training; Mindfulness, Working with couples and relationships, Transgenerational Trauma, Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Supervision (seven eyed model), Walk and Talk therapy, Body Work with hypo-aroused states.
BA(HONS) Applied Social Studies and Social Work (CQSW) - Before working as psychotherapist and counsellor I worked for over twenty years in the adult social care sector.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Co-dependency; Grief; Eco-psychotherapy; Shame
From £50.00 to £75.00
Concessions offered for
- individuals £50.00 per hour
- couples £60.00 for one hour or £80.00 for 90 minutes
- groups £75.00 per hour
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email to discuss your needs or to find out more about working with me.