I can offer you a safe, comfortable and confidential space where we can work together on whatever problems you may be experiencing. I believe we all strive to be the person we wish to be every day but sometimes life problems and relationships move us off course and we need help to find our way back to a more stable place. You have within yourself the capacity to understand yourself better. My role is to tailor a therapy approach from the wide range of training, knowledge and experience I have gained over time, that will best suit you to achieve this.
How therapy can help you
I believe that therapy can give you an opportunity to learn about yourself and understand your own processes more clearly, especially when you may be feeling anxious or depressed or impacted by some life trauma. My training and experience includes humanistic counselling therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). These different approaches can provide you with a framework to explore and learn more about your difficulties and to use a range of creative ways to express your thoughts and feelings. We can identify what triggers your problems, help you to find ways to challenge your thoughts and develop your ability to cope better. We can also focus on the barriers and challenges that you are facing and can look together at a way through. You can then use this knowledge to guide you towards fulfillment, confidence and self-discovery. Therapy can help you to create those opportunities for positive change and to develop your resilience and self-worth including incorporating, empathy, mindfulness and self-compassion into your daily life.
When and where
Therapy sessions take place in 2 comfortable and well furnished locations, that are close to Nottingham centre. The first is in the Carrington area (near to Sherwood area and surrounds), with good transport links and free parking available onsite or on-street close by. The second is in West Bridgford (close to Lady Bay Bridge) and also has free on-site and on-street parking. Both centres are staffed by a receptionist and have waiting areas. I can offer both daytime and evening appointments to suit your needs.
We can decide together whether short term or longer term therapy is the right way forward for you and of course we’ll review your progress regularly as we go along so you get the best out of the time.
What you can expect at your first session
I understand that taking the step first step to talk about about things which challenge us or cause distress can be difficult initially. So our first meeting will to give you the opportunity, at a pace which suits you, to share with me your thoughts and feelings about the problems you would like to help with. Having used this time to gain a clearer understanding, we will then think about your goals for future sessions and plan together how best to approach our work together.
How to contact me
Deciding to engage in therapy is an important step and you may have some questions before you start this process. When you contact me, by your preferred way of either phone or email, we will be able to have a chat about your needs which I hope will support and help decide how you would like to begin therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Humanistic Counsellor (Accredited UKCP) and CBT Therapist (Accredited BABCP) with over 25 years experience. I have a Masters Degree in Humanistic Counselling and Post Graduate Diploma in CBT, both from the University of Nottingham. I also have a PG Dip in Supervision
I believe in the process and opportunities that life long learning can bring. I am committed to continually adding to my skills and knowledge base with regular ongoing professional training which meets the standards required by my accrediting professional bodies.
My knowledge and experience
I have extensive experience of working within the NHS, the private and public sectors and in private practice, providing both short-term and long-term therapy. I have worked with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including general anxiety, social phobia, depression, trauma and loss, obsessive compulsive problems (OCD), health anxiety, adjustment, managing change, and work related stress.
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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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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