I am an experienced, pragmatic, and supportive UKCP registered Clinical Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I understand that we all have 'stuff' going on, I really get it. And so I offer the space and support you need to achieve your outcomes, at your pace.
In many ways it can feel that the world is a fearful place, right now. And maybe, you feel out of alignment in your world. Living in a state of heightened awareness, or with underlying fear can create discomfort, pain and anxiety which is harmful to immune systems.
There are common 'symptoms' that people are experiencing during the lockdown and social distancing and isolation. These can include stress, worry, anxiety. We are also likely to be experiencing some trauma responses;
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping (getting to sleep, staying asleep, or oversleeping)
- Fight, flight, freeze, flop or befriend responses.
If you're feeling these, know you're not alone, they are normal and natural responses. I invite you to explore what happens when you offer yourself compassion, tenderness or kindness. Focus on what you can control, accepting the things that are currently out of your control.
Here are a couple of exercises that you may find useful.
- Breathe - usually helpful advice; 4,7,11
- In through your nose for the count of 4
- Out through your mouth for the count of 7 (at the same tempo)
- Repeat for 11 times
- Ground yourself
- Focus on 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can hear
- 3 things you can touch
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 thing you can taste
Anxiety has many symptoms; cognitively it can be overthinking, somatically it can be felt as butterflies in the stomach or palpitations and can lead to panic attacks.
“I just moither about things quite a lot of the time, but most people do, don’t they?”
“I’m a worrier, just like my mother/father was…”
“But meetings/presentations/travelling/fill in the ____________ is scary, isn’t it? Everyone knows that!”
“It’s just my nerves.”
The symptoms themselves seem to have perpetual motion qualities and characteristics, with anxiety feeding anxiety. Its as though anxiety has a life of its own, one that demands certainty and comfort, in a world that doesn't.
Reducing the anxiety can be achieved by understanding and recognising patterns and habits, tracing their origins and updating your responses. Through learning new and different responses means that you can have more choice about the strategies and plans that you use to achieve your outcomes.
Increasing your threshold to anxiety can be achieved by testing out new and old theories. Clearing out past shadows and updating what you believe about the world and yourself creates new opportunities. This means that you have more choices about how you experience your world.
Sometimes the biggest step is asking for help.
Maybe you've felt that you had to keep going, being strong, not letting anyone down or know, and hoping that something will change. I know that when clients come to me they've tried everything that they know and something else is required. I provide a safe place, you can speak honestly, explore your fears and hopes, desired on options and make the changes that will bring clarity, relief and help you move forward.
- Struggling to make difficult decisions?
- Finding it hard to get motivated?
- Overwhelmed with emotions?
Common issues that I work with include stress, anxiety; fears and phobias; depression and despair; family and relationship issues; grief and bereavement; hopelessness, self-esteem and self-worth; confidence; abuse and trauma.
It's usual for clients to start with
"I don't know where to begin"
"It's just all too much and I don't know what to do"
"I feel anxious and can't cope anymore"
"My _______ is out of control"
"I've never told anyone this..."
"I think I'm depressed"
"I don't know what to do"
"I hate _________, can't live like this"
"I'm drinking/eating/shopping too much"
"I think I'm going to hurt someone, if something doesn't change"
Give me a call today on 07966 453 387 to make a start.
Sessions are offered within a week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 15 years experience and am qualified in different modalities and approaches:
- Currently studying MSc in Psychological Trauma
- UKCP Registered Supervisor
- UKCP Registered Clinical Psychotherapist
- Qualified Satir Systemic Family Psychotherapist
- Qualified and Accredited Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapist (Dip NLPt)
- Qualified and Accredited Clinical Supervisor (Sup NLPt)
- Accredited Memory Resolution (R) therapist and trainer
- Founder of Step Change Therapy (R)
- Couples Counselling
- INLPTA Certified Trainer of NLP
- INLPTA Certified Master Practitioner of NLP
I have regular supervision and appropriate insurance.
NLPtCA is an accrediting organisational member (OM) of UKCP. It belongs to the Constructivist & Existential College. I have served as a Board Member of NLPtCA since 2011 and have been elected Chair from 2014 to 2017. It has a strict code of ethics and conduct to maintain high standards and professionalism.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
D.I.D. dissociative identity disorder
From £65.00 to £105.00
- Private and self-funding clients: £65 - £105 per hour depending on affordability, you decide how much to pay
- Organisations: by arrangement based on case by case requirements
- Session fees are payable at the start of each session
- Payments accepted by Cheque / Cash / BACS and Card
- Cancellation policy: Life happens, sometimes you need to cancel. I need 24 hours notice, cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice are payable. If I cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you get the next session free.
Sessions are available Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Therapy is available online using Zoom or Skype. Telephone sessions are also available.
The Herefordshire Clinic is available Tuesday - Friday, with evening sessions available. This is from a separate annex, above the garage, with it's own door. Social distancing is able to be exercised and maintained.
There is a Worcester Clinic available on Mondays, please check availability - during CoVid-19 restrictions this is currently shut, with sessions being offered remotely.