Hi, and thank you for visiting my profile. I know finding the right counsellor can be difficult and you need to find someone you can trust and be open with.
Sometimes life can just feel overwhelming, and we can feel lost. Maybe there's been a loss, or something difficult to deal with. Sometimes patterns reoccur from the past, or we need to face something that can't be avoided any more. I believe that we all need meaning, connectedness, pleasure and satisfaction from our lives, and often this is sadly lacking.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help with these things. I provide a boundaried, safe place to talk about, and explore, your feelings, and work out anything you'd like to change in your life.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and have been working one to one with people both short and long term for nearly 20 years. In my counselling and psychotherapy practice in a beautiful area just outside Oxford, I work with people who want to discuss things such as stress, bereavement, relationship issues or depression. In working through these issues in counselling, a more fulfilled and happier life is possible.
I also teach counselling, am a supervisor and run workshops for therapists and coaches. I co-founded and was a Director of the Banbury Counselling Academy which trains people in becoming counsellors, wrote most of the course material there and was a Programme Director and course tutor on the Diploma course.
I am accepted by the following private health insurance companies to provide therapy for their members : Bupa, Aviva, AXA, WPA, Vitality Health.
On a personal note, I really love my work. Whilst people often have painful and sometimes harrowing things to tell me, and may be in a very difficult time of their life, it is so inspiring to see them deal with it, change what they need to change and come through it, often in a much better state than before the difficulty. It is so rewarding - a privilege, really - to be alongside them as they find the courage and inspiration to deal with whatever it is that is troubling them. I also learn a lot myself and am usually immensely moved by our meetings.
I also believe in developing myself and have recently completed and qualified in a 3 year course in Pesso Boyden, a new approach to therapy which is extremely effective. I'm now one of only 8 accredited therapists in the UK using this powerful method, and I use it with individual clients and in workshops. It's a very effective and beautiful method of therapy - come and try it!
Training, qualifications & experience
I began with a Psychology degree 40 years ago, and have qualifications in Counselling, Facilitation and Psychotherapy. My psychotherapy training was an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia, in London. I also have a Diploma in Supervision and am one of only 8 therapists in the UK accredited in Pesso-Boyden therapy, which is a particularly quick and powerful approach.
I am an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I bring a strong sense of confidentiality and integrity to my work, and it is fully supervised.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work as a supervisor of counsellors and therapists; I have a Diploma in Supervision and am accredited by ABC. I have taught counselling for several organisations including the Banbury Counselling Academy and ran Continuous Professional Development workshops for counsellors at the Banbury Therapy Centre. I also run therapy groups in Oxford.
Concessions offered for
My fees are £55 per session, (each session lasts 50 minutes). The fee rises by a small amount each January.
Tuesdays - Thursdays, daytime
When we meet for our initial appointment, it is important that we both feel we can work with each other. Counsellors and therapists vary in style and approach, and you will need to feel that I am suitable for you; our working relationship is important and we will need to make sure that it is right. Once we have agreed to work together I usually agree an initial series of 6 sessions to begin the counselling or therapy.
I work during the day Tuesday - Thursday; people usually come every week although some longer term clients come once a fortnight.
I work at Middle Barton, a beautiful area just north of Oxford.