I'm an experienced Integrative Therapist offering short-term and open-ended counselling with adult individuals and couples.
My practice is generally collaborative and I draw upon different approaches to ensure that together we find a way forward that suits you. This, of course, involves talking and listening but may also, if appropriate and if you feel comfortable, include alternative ways of working, e.g. working through the body, using Mindfulness. Sometimes these more creative ways of working can lead to different experiences and understandings that are less easily accessible in a pure ‘talking therapy’ approach.
As a relational therapist you can expect me to pay attention to the quality and dynamics of our working relationship as it develops.
My aims are to be open and honest, to respect the pace and depth at which you choose to proceed and to provide a space within which you feel confident and safe to explore what is troubling you.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Counselling, Integrative
Post Graduate Diploma, Counselling, Integrative
Certificate, Psychodynamic Counselling
Diploma Relational Couples Counselling
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 1) - for the treatment of trauma
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 2) - for the treatment of developmental/attachment injury
I hold a Masters Degree in Counselling from the University of Wales where I also completed a Post Graduate Diploma. I have also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University where I worked with students in the final stages of their professional counselling training. This involved supporting them in both their professional and personal development.
I have a business background and in addition to years spent working for a large organisation I have also run my own business consulting in companies on stress and sleep issues and offering redundancy support. This gives me an enhanced understanding of work related problems.
I am an experienced sleep therapist and am happy to work in-depth with sleep issues.
I have undertaken significant additional training across my career - in CBT, Inner Child work, Shame, Couples Counselling, Supervision and Mindfulness amongst others.
I am also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of both i) trauma and ii) attachment, developmental and relational injury.
This is a form of (non-touch) body therapy based on a neuroscience understanding of how we hold trauma and early experiences in our nervous systems.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is an exciting and innovative approach which I am very happy to be integrating into my practice and I offer clients the opportunity to experience this in our work together. This sits neatly alongside Mindfulness which I have been working with for some years.
In my early career I worked in a counselling charity which offers low cost counselling for a wide variety of issues. I am also an accredited Cruse Bereavement Care counsellor.
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
Issues with co-dependency
Distress arising from female hormonal issues - menopause, PCOS, PMS, endometriosis etc...
Problems with poor sleeping / insomnia
Long term / chronic illness
Individuals: £70 per hour
Couples: £75 per hour
Supervisees: Please enquire
Standard sessions are 60 minutes. I also offer longer sessions of 75 and 90 minutes.
From my own experience of being a client I came to believe that a high degree of self awareness in the therapist enables the creation of a safer and more productive space for the client. For me this involves reading and educating myself about new ways of working, regularly updating my skills and knowledge through training and keeping my own continuing personal development in focus.
I have an established Mindfulness practice which supports me in my life and in my practice as a counsellor. I offer clients the opportunity to include aspects of this in our work.
Lastly, I love what I do. It is both what I do and part of what and who I am.
I appreciate that it takes courage to take that first step and approach a potential counsellor. I aim to greet you with respect and in a way that acknowledges your individuality and independence. If you would like to make an initial appointment to see if we are a good 'fit' or would just like to ask some more questions then please feel free to contact me by email - firstname.lastname@example.org. or by text or phone on 07900 264614.
My very best wishes to you.