I am an experienced accredited integrative therapist, working with adults online and face to face from my consulting room on the edge of the New Forest. I offer a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for you to explore your difficulties and address unhelpful patterns. Using a Polyvagal framework, I will draw from an array of tools and techniques to support you in making sustained improvements to your mental health and wellbeing. I also offer regular supervision, consultation, and training.
Feel free to email me with any questions or click on my website link for more information about therapy and a polyvagal informed approach.
Why a Polyvagal Approach?
‘It just makes sense’
I think that we can all relate to the reality that, sometimes, just changing the way we think isn’t always enough, or only works for a short time, under certain conditions. Advances in Neuroscience and Polyvagal Theory, founded in scientific research by Dr Stephen Porges, has evidenced the importance of the body-mind connection when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. These findings support my belief that, if we don’t accommodate the needs of the nervous system in therapy then it’s likely that either the benefits will be short-lived, or the therapeutic process will be undermined by an experience of frustration or demotivation.
What happens in Therapy?
The name Polyvagal can understandably evoke some apprehension. I have had people say that it sounds a little complicated. Be reassured that it really isn’t! We usually begin with a sharing of information, as I support you in gaining an understanding of what the nervous system is and how it impacts your mental health and wellbeing. From there on, some clients prefer a more structured approach, specifically focusing on resourcing, understanding and application. Others benefit from a more flexible agenda, with space to explore thoughts feelings and emotions in a safe and non-judgmental way.
Where does Polyvagal Theory come from?
Polyvagal Theory itself was developed by Stephen Porges in 1994, whose ground-breaking scientific research into the nervous system identified the physiological (body) process which underpin problematic psychological (brain) responses, responses that are common to the experience of many mental health challenges, including stress, anxiety, depression and trauma etc.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- L5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Theory
- L3 Certificate in Online Counselling Skills
- L5 Diploma in Performance Coaching & NLP
- BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
- Foundations in Polyvagal Informed Practice ( Polyvagal Institute)
- Polyvagal Learning Lab Series 2 (Polyvagal Institute)
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Transactional Analysis
- 1:1 Therapy & Supervision, Group Therapy & Supervision.
- Training and Consultation.
- Multi-disciplinary team working.
- Team Leadership
- Private Mental Health Sector and 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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Sessions are charged at a rate of £70 per 60-minute session. AVIVA, AXA PPP and Vitality Healthcare Insurance is accepted.
Polyvagal Informed Therapy
I also offer targeted sessions informed by Polyvagal Theory. Simply speaking Polyvagal Theory explains how our nervous system can, without our awareness, trigger uncomfortable and inappropriate emotional responses. This process can hijack our thoughts, feelings and behaviors at any given moment, but can be particularly problematic when we get stuck in a certain type of response. You might be familiar with this experience, if you relate to feeling like you are on a roller-coaster or emotions, maybe you feel constantly disconnected, eternally on edge or quick to anger etc. More formally you may have been given a diagnosis of anxiety or depression.
Polyvagal informed therapy is a little more structed than Integrative sessions, as it specifically focuses on your emotional management, from a physiological level without the need to explore the specifics of your situation. Sessions begin by helping you to understand the workings of the nervous system in simple and practical terms. Later I will support you in moving to map your unique emotional responses, including your danger and safety cues. The aim will be to increase your emotional stability and flexibility thought the application of simple yet effective tools and techniques.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss what approach might best suit your needs.