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About me

I offer psychodynamic therapy to individual, couples and young people. I offer private and confidential sessions in my own quiet and calming consulting room in Writtle, Chelmsford. 

I have completed a Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling. I work with individuals who have experienced cults, high demand groups or a coercive relationship. I also have experience of psychosexual issues, trauma and loss.

I have been working as a Psychodynamic Therapist for over thirteen years.

I fully understand how daunting, frightening or confusing seeking therapy can be. If you are thinking about therapy please contact me so we can talk about how you are feeling. Talking about how this might feel and gaining more understanding about how the process works can be really helpful.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Member of the BACP
  • Member PCSR
  • Member PCU
  • Psychodynamic counsellor BACP number 679178
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling
  • Certificate in Post-cult Counselling
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate of Achievement in Level 3 Safeguarding Children
  • Couples Counselling
  • GDPR compliant
  • ICO registered
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate

I have experience of providing both short and long-term therapy. I have worked in GP surgeries and for the mental health organisation MIND. I have been qualified for over twelve years. I have also worked as a co-leader on a Certificate in Counselling skills course at a Chelmsford based counselling training centre. I can offer therapy to individuals, couples and young people.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As well as the categories I have listed above I also have experience working with clients who are going through IVF. I also have professional experience of working with those who have suffered Sudden Infant Loss as well as Trauma work. I have recently completed a Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling and have experience of working with clients effected by cults, high demand groups and coercive relationships.

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

£60.00 per session for Individual therapy (£105.00 for an initial session).
£105.00 per session for Couples therapy (£135.00 for an initial session).

When I work

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I have availability on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It would be helpful for us to speak to confirm my availability on these days.

Further information

Thinking about or seeking therapy or counselling can feel very daunting. You may know why you are seeking counselling or you might need help understanding how you are currently feeling. You might simply feel the need to talk to someone you are not in a relationship with.

Therefore, you may choose to start counselling for all sorts of reasons. It might be because you have experienced a loss, a bereavement, a change in your family circumstances or a relationship of some sort. You may be suffering from an illness or a health problem or a change in your physical abilities. Perhaps you are struggling with your job or employment or have financial difficulties. You might feel you have lost touch with yourself or feel uncertain about a life decision. Or you may be confused by your feelings, feeling unhappy, depressed, anxious, worried or sad. You may be concerned about your body, weight, appearance, sexuality, your eating, your drinking, smoking or drug use. Perhaps you have experienced a traumatic event or been in an abusive relationship. You might be doing things to yourself and want to stop or do not understand why you do them.

I will seek, through the therapy to help you make sense of your emotions and feelings which you might not fully understand. I can help you to find the answers to your questions, anxieties and concerns. Therapy can help us to put words to our feelings and feelings to our words.

Chelmsford, Essex, CM1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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