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About me

People usually come to therapy because they want to feel better but feel unsure how to go about it. On your own, you might feel stuck in a loop. You might also feel vulnerable or scared.

Therapy means someone alongside you to help you make sense of things.

Maybe you’re struggling to find ways to cope with a challenge in life or coping with parts of yourself which feel ‘wrong’, not good enough or in real distress. If you feel like you’re struggling to make sense of life and feel like you need some help, therapy can be a deeply valuable experience.

I have experience of working with people suffering from anxiety, depression, loss, life change, stress, self-esteem issues, difficulties with relationships and identity. The list is by no means exhaustive and I know that emotional difficulties seldom come in separate discreet packages. An impactful event, changes in circumstances and different life stages can be enough to leave us feeling destabilised in different ways and sometimes shake our sense of ourselves in ways which might not yet feel clear.

Therapy offers the opportunity to:

  • Feel heard. Experience a relationship where you are welcome to bring all facets of yourself.
  • Have space to be with and work through challenging feelings and experiences.
  • Better understand what feels so difficult for you.
  • Identify and gain a deeper awareness about yourself, your patterns and behaviour.
  • Gain valuable insight into the ways you feel and behave in relationships (be they with friends, colleagues, partners or family).
  • Help discover your own inner resource.

I am an integrative and relational therapist. My practice is informed by attachment and development theory. I also recognise the importance of how we hold emotions in the body as well as the mind.  Ultimately I believe it’s the quality of the relationship between us which provides the basis and the container for effective therapy. I also appreciate your uniqueness. I feel it’s important to get to know you in the context of your life. 

It’s very likely that you’ve already reflected a great deal on what’s troubling you but the crucial benefit of therapy is that you are with an experienced practitioner who knows how to really listen and pay attention to what you're communicating and experiencing; not just what you say but also the feelings, thoughts, memories and ideas which also emerge. This is what helps create a deeper and broader awareness of what’s going on for you. 

Therapy is best approached with a willingness to be curious and open to different possibilities. As your therapist, I bring myself as a real human being with compassion, sensitivity, honesty, curiosity and, when appropriate, gentle challenge. I passionately believe that all these elements combine to create a safe space for exploration, the potential for deeper connection and ultimately growth and change; whatever this means for you.

I’ve been through the process of therapy myself and I have respect and empathy for anyone taking a similar step. I also know the importance of finding the right therapist to work with. I really welcome you getting in touch if you want to find out more or to arrange an initial session together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Diploma in Relational Integrative Psychotherapy (ongoing)
  • I regularly update my skills with continual professional development training and workshops and have over five years clinical experience working with a range of adult clients in therapeutic settings.

Member organisations

BACP

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

Life change, loss.

Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

£55 per  weekly session.

I work on the basis of regular weekly meetings (on the same day and time). Continuity of work is important in establishing our therapeutic relationship and provides effective continuity and consolidation of work.

When I work

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Further information

I am currently offering face to face weekly sessions in private comfortable practice rooms in central Cheltenham and east Oxford. I have some day time (including early morning) and evening session availability. 

The Practice Rooms, 32 Cambray Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1JP

OTS Oxford Therapy Centre, 1st Floor 142-144, Oxford Road, Temple Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 2EA

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom