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About me

I have current availability for couples and individuals. Book your free initial call to get support now. 

Are you frustrated and anxious in your relationship and find that patterns keep repeating themselves? Are you single and wanting to find new ways to do things but you aren’t sure what is holding you back? Maybe you are feeling sad, cut off from your life and struggle to feel fully present in day-to-day experiences?

Therapy can be a safe space to talk things over and consider how to bring about change. Issues around relationships both romantic ones and with family/friends or work are often a big contributor to feeling low, depressed or insecure.

I am in a relationship...why would therapy help us?

Some common reasons for coming to couples counselling or relationship therapy are feeling unheard, wanting to share worries and fears but not knowing where to start or feeling stuck in reoccurring conflicts with a partner. 

You may feel there is a breakdown in communication and want to find a way to reconnect and bring joy, intimacy, and empathy back into the relationship. If you are experiencing challenges as a result of the pandemic, you are not alone.

Even under usual circumstances many couples struggle to find ways to clearly communicate their needs and what once was a free exchange of loving behaviours can sometimes develop into people feeling hurt, upset, isolated and with no easy way to resolve things. Sex and intimacy can suffer when conflict is high and maybe you are left feeling hopeless or feel you have the ‘wrong partner'. 

Often talking things over with friends and family is helpful but at times, not as impartial as you might need.  Relationship and couple therapy can be a space for each of you to reflect on the relationship dynamics and share truthfully and sensitively to gain a deeper understanding of each other.

I work with a wide range of relationships and take full account of Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) I also offer therapy to siblings, parents and grown up children, business partnerships, or teams of people working to resolve something.

I am not in a relationship – can I come and see you?

In short, yes! I work with individual clients on a range of issues. Relationships are part of everyday life whether you are romantically involved or not. The connection you have with family and friends, work colleagues and most importantly with yourself are key to building self-esteem and confidence. The earliest relationships like those with parents, stay with us long into adulthood and are sometimes hard to explore. Maybe you have a history of childhood trauma, abuse or are feeling depressed and fearful of rejection. Perhaps you have had a number of difficult relationships in the past  and want to develop a new way of approaching things.

Coming to therapy might be about giving you a confidential and non-judgemental place  to share your experiences. You might want to explore ideas and think about how to make changes in your life. Lots of people seeking therapy aren’t sure what they really need but feel at a turning point. The focus is on building a strong trusting therapeutic relationship, from which I aim to support each person to consider what feels most important to them.

How do I make contact and access therapy?

Lots of people feel anxious about reaching out and making contact with a new therapist, this is completely normal. I offer a FREE phone conversation before any initial appointment so we can talk about your hopes and expectations of therapy and I can share more about the way I work. 

At no time are you tied into an ongoing agreement and you are welcome to attend a first session and see if therapy with me is the right fit for you. Please contact me using the details provided to enquire about my availability.

I am currently offering some in-person therapy subject to Covid-19 procedures, as well as online zoom therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified therapist and member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I specialise in working with couples or those in a relationship as well as individual adult clients.  I am also trained to work with children and young people.

I have completed training in ‘Working with Couples and Other Relationships’ with The Centre for Psychosexual Health, the ‘Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling’ at CPPD in London as well as ‘Diploma in Child Counselling’ at IATE.

My training was based on an integrative model which means I use a range of therapeutic approaches in my work. These include Attachment Theory, Trauma and Neuroscience research, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic Therapy. My starting point is always the client(s) and what their unique situation is, rather than what the theory expects.

I have also trained extensively in using creative arts in therapy and can incorporate this into both individual and relationship counselling if clients so wish. This includes working with the sand tray to let client's unconscious speak (as pictured).

Alongside my work as a therapist, I run an Early Years educational consultancy business, offer parenting coaching, and also train other therapists on a range of topics. These include working with couples, creative therapy and safeguarding.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships
  • Diploma in Child Counselling
  • Virtual Counselling for Clinical Practice Training
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills with Children
  • Emotion Coaching Practitioner Trainer
  • Train the Trainer – Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Fine Art BA(HONS)
  • Qualified Teacher Status

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in working within the areas of attachment, trauma and abuse with a neuroscience informed approach. I also offer parenting coaching to support parent-child relationships through Emotion Coaching techniques.

I work in an integrative way which incorporates a range of therapeutic theories and approaches. I offer creative arts therapy for couples, adults and young people as well as more traditional talking therapy.

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Fees

From £75.00 to £150.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer both short and long term therapy which can be open ended if preferred. I usually see individual clients weekly for 50 minutes and couples every two weeks for 80 minutes. However I am flexible in my approach and can adapt this to suit clients needs.

Individual Therapy - £75 (50 minute session)

Couple & Relationship Therapy - £150  (90 minute session)

I offer some concessionary sessions for those on a limited income. Please contact me to enquire about fees and availability.

When I work

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Updated March 2022 -

I am currently able to offer sessions on a Tuesday evening and Thursday between 10am and 9.30pm. 

Further information

I am fully insured and hold a Enhanced DBS on the update service.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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