There are many different types of therapists, who work in many different ways. Some work in only one way, while others combine different approaches.
I am an Integrative Therapist. This means that I am trained and experienced in a number of different forms of therapy, which allows me to tailor the process to the individual needs of each client. I offer Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Creative Therapies, and I usually use a bespoke combination of these, depending on each client's preferences.
Therapy can be incredibly difficult. This is because it involves looking at difficult subjects in depth. But it can also be be incredibly rewarding. People who fully engage with therapy often count it among the most valuable experiences in their lives.
Your first contact will be an Assessment Session, lasting approximately 45 minutes. This gives us a chance to chat about why you are seeking therapy, and I can give you an idea of what I think could be some possible ways forward. This session costs £25, and there is no obligation to continue once this session is complete.
If you choose to continue, I will usually offer you an initial series of six sessions. This is a good number in which to see whether an approach is working well, or whether it might be a good idea to try something different. Each person is different, so the key is having a flexible approach, but I will discuss any adaptations or new approaches with you at all stages of therapy. You will never be under obligation to continue with therapy if you feel you would rather not.
An integrative approach means that I am trained in a number of different models of therapy, and I can use techniques from each of them as appropriate to individual clients. In other words, I offer every client a genuinely tailored approach, depending on their needs.
I work with people with many different needs, from many different walks of life, because I believe that everyone is worth the time and effort it can take to live a mentally healthy life. Sometimes people need a little bit of help to achieve this, and I can work with you to find a way forward when you may be struggling on your own.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with a master's degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Derby University in 2009, and have worked in private practice and the voluntary sector since. I qualified as a supervisor in 2011.
During my masters' degree I also worked at the Unit for Psychotherapeutic Practice and Research at the University of Derby. I am a regular trainer at the University, and also for Cruse Bereavement Care. I supervise several other counsellors, and also offer tutoring to those in training.
MA Integrative Counselling Practice (2009)
PG Dip. Integrative Counselling Practice (2009)
BA Professional Stage Management (2002)
Supervision Certificate (2018)
Psychology in the Workplace (2015)
Group Work Facilitation (Level 3) (2012)
Supervision (Level 3) (2011)
Cruse Bereavement Care Initial Training (2008)
+ Ongoing CPD as required by BACP
Royle, S (2011) An Integration of Spiritual Beliefs into the Transtheoretical Model. Lambert Academic Publishing
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The Assessment session costs £25 and lasts for around 45 minutes.
Further sessions cost £45 for one hour, or £60 for 90 minutes. Sessions usually take place weekly, but other options can be discussed at assessment.
Home visits are available in some circumstances.
I work with trainees who need therapy as part of a course requirement, and I facilitate training on a variety of topics related to mental health, as well as individual tutoring to counselling trainees.
I am a qualified supervisor, working with other counsellors to discuss and improve their practice. In turn, I undertake regular supervision myself, and participate in regular training as required by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, of which I am a registered member.