Hello, I’m Simone, a professionally trained, qualified and experienced trauma informed Psychotherapist - passionate about delivering safe and effective therapy which improves psychological health and builds resilience. Being “trauma-informed” means, I’m aware of the complex impact of trauma on a person's distress and how it shapes their efforts to cope.
I’m committed to helping people develop and enhance their natural skills and abilities to make meaningful changes in their lives. Part of this process is to help people to reflect on what’s happened to them and how these experiences might be continuing to affect them. This means, I focus not only on the behaviour someone is wanting to change (e.g., using food, alcohol, over-working), but also on the underlying reasons for the behaviour and the relief it provides.
I’ve been seeing clients in private practice since 2009, and since 2006 have worked across many different settings including an NHS Adult Community Mental Health Team and Specialist Counselling Service.
Working as a therapist in different mental health settings has given me extensive experience of treating people of all ages, from all backgrounds, presenting with a wide range of social, emotional, and mental health issues.
Problems I regularly help people with include anxiety; boundary issues; childhood trauma; codependency; communication; depression; emotional regulation; low self-esteem; perfectionism; PTSD; relationship difficulties; and stress.
Over the years, I’ve trained and gained experience in many different therapeutic approaches and in my clinical work I’ll combine concepts drawn from a range of traditions, theories, and research, such as Transactional Analysis (TA); Mindfulness-based Approaches; Interpersonal Neurobiology; Polyvagal Theory; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Schema Therapy; and Psychoeducation.
The approaches I use are grounded in researched-based interventions and theories, and are delivered with care and warmth, in an ethical and professional manner.
I’m committed to professional excellence and further education. I regularly participate in trainings, workshops, and other learning opportunities to advance my clinical skills and stay current with research and scientific advances in the field.
Knowing that choosing a therapist can feel like a minefield, I offer a free, no obligation, 20-minute initial consultation. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about my approach, whether I have the expertise you need, and most importantly - whether I’d be a good match for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a professionally trained, qualified and experienced relational Psychotherapist and Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA P). I’m registered with the Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the United Kingdom of Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA). I hold the following qualifications:
- Master of Science in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University. This qualification means I have successfully undertaken a rigorous accredited training which meets the exacting standards required for registration with UKCP
- Core Process Psychotherapy Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship awarded by the Karuna Institute, Devon
- Foundation Training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Shrewsbury
- People, Personality & Disorder in Mental Health Care, University of Lincoln
- Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation: Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice Part 1, Deb Dana in collaboration with the Polyvagal Institute
- Certificate in Further Counselling Skills awarded by the LINK Centre, Sussex
- BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision (The British Psychological Society), London
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (The National Counselling Society / ACTO)
- Disordered Eating: Somatic, Self-Compassion, and Mindfulness Interventions for Lasting Recovery, Ann Safe Biasetti, Ph.D., PESIUK
- Dr Bessel van der Kolk on How the Body Keeps the Score: Intensive Trauma Treatment Course, PESIUK
- Advanced Training for Trauma Treatment of Complex PTSD, Arizona Trauma Institute
- Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges, PhD: Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions, PESIUK
I’ve also undergone training in Compassionate Inquiry; Eating Disorders; Third Wave CBT; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills; Clinical Risk Assessment and Management; and The Art and Science of Therapeutic Storytelling approaches.
As a member of UKCP, I abide by their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice to ensure I provide clients with a professional and quality service. I'm in regular clinical supervision, where I receive support and feedback on my client work from a senior colleague. This is a professional requirement of the UKCP Code of Ethics, to ensure I work in a manner which is safe and of most benefit to my clients. I'm enhanced DBS checked and insured for private practice.
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
£50.00 per session
Research evidence has consistently shown the most important factor in the success of therapy is not the type of therapy, but the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. So, the most important first step for you is to find a therapist you like and feel comfortable with. To help you with this step, I offer a free, no obligation, 20-minute telephone consultation to discuss how therapy may be of benefit to you and whether I’m someone you’d like to work with.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 6pm. They are normally scheduled weekly but may be fortnightly.