Thank you for looking at my profile and taking the time to consider whether working with me might be helpful to you at this time. I am a warm, receptive, experienced Psychotherapist working in private practice, based in my home in Minehead. My aim and purpose is to provide safe and supportive confidential space in which it will be possible to hear about you and your unique experience to the fullest extent. The heart of our work will centre on being able to know more fully about you, and matters which are of ultimate concern to you, including difficulties and challenges currently experienced.
My aim is to enable therapeutic space which is non-judgmental, confidential and committed to providing the opportunity to usefully explore together what has brought you to psychotherapy at this time. In parallel, it is my aim that the process of the work may also help you to gain a more complete understanding of yourself, your emotions, responses and experiences, potentially enabling you to be more fully yourself.
My approach to working therapeutically is centred within a Psychodynamic and early attachment framework. This approach gives me a keen interest in the features of life and elements within relationship which from birth encourage and support individual growth and potential towards a benefitting life. In tandem I have an interest in how adverse negative experiences can lead, often early in life, to adaptations, stances and coping strategies which whilst seemingly adaptive at the time, can lead to later difficulties.
My background in Psychodynamic ways of working leads me to work in a relational and collaborative way. As such, I am not ‘solution focused’ or directive in imposing ‘ways forward’. My belief is that the work itself can lead to a greater sense of wholeness and empowerment from which new understandings and new ways of being and benefitting, may emerge.
It is a very significant step to consider psychotherapy and to step into such an environment without knowing what might be involved and what the experience of it may be. I offer an initial introductory 30 minute meeting, in which it will be possible to see whether therapeutic work is right for you at this time and to consider whether and how we might be able to work together. An important part of any ongoing work will be to check on a regular basis that the way we are working together is useful and helpful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Clinical Psychologist by training and Profession, and Psychotherapist, with over eighteen years experience working within a NHS Community Mental Health Services Team local to Minehead. I am now retired from the NHS, and have worked continuously in private practice for over twelve years.
I attained a degree in Psychology in June 1985, followed by a post-graduate qualification in Clinical Psychology in April 1990.
I gained a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in July 2006.
I am as Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and have been awarded the title of Clinical Psychologist Specialising in Psychotherapy with Senior Practitioner Status (since November 2008)
I am a Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Registered Clinical Psychologist (since June 2011).
I continue to be an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
I am committed to regular and Continuing Professional Development.
I am committed to regular Supervision to protect the quality of my work and the interests of those I am working with.
I have Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover for my practice.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
My charges are £46 per 50 minute session.
My private practice is situated in a room used solely for this purpose at the front of my home. There is ample on-street parking.
Please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail, as listed, or by telephone, to discuss the possibility of an introductory meeting or a first appointment.
Please be aware that my private practice telephone operates with an answering service when I am engaged. Please do leave a message with any queries or questions, including your name and contact details, and I will respond to you at the earliest possible opportunity.
Thank you again for taking the time to review my profile.