- The way I work
The starting point for counselling or a CBT approach is to conduct a careful assessment. This gives you space and time to tell your story, to discuss openly how you’re feeling and to check for any symptoms that you might be experiencing. I’d usually expect this to take one session, at the end of which we can talk about what might be best for you. The way I work is flexible and will very much depend on you, your story and what would be most helpful for you.
Counselling provides a safe space and time for your voice to be really heard by someone who is impartial and not involved in your life outside the counselling room. Counselling is non-judgemental, honest and compassionate; whatever the problem. Counselling is led by you at your pace and this can help you make better sense of your difficulties in order to start to feel calmer and happier.
A cognitive behavioural therapy approach also starts with time and space to have your voice heard. In addition, I would discuss with you some specific behavioural or cognitive techniques which you could try. This might involve home-practice with some reading and use of worksheets to fill in. It’s a more structured approach which can be really effective for common mental health difficulties like stress, depression, anxiety or phobias.
Sessions are confidential. I work according to the BACP ethical framework. Each session is one hour long and delivered over a period of time agreed between us. I provide support that can be flexibly tailored to your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, 2011, Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies (CBT), 2012, Exeter University
- MSc Medical Sociology, 1993, Royal Holloway University of London
- BSc (hons) Sociology, 1992, Portsmouth University
I started my working life as a lecturer in social sciences in further and higher education. I lectured for 14 years, during which time I developed an interest in counselling, so decided to retrain. In 2008 I started training as a counsellor and worked for 3 years at a college of further education as a counsellor. I worked with clients who were struggling with low self esteem, family problems, low mood, loss, bereavement, self harm, stress and anxiety. Since 2011 I have worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at an NHS service. This role involves:
- Individual therapy sessions and group work.
- Helping people with common mental health problems like depression and anxiety using mainly a cognitive behavioural therapy approach.
-Working with clients struggling with physical health problems like pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease and lung disease.
- Another area of special interest is weight management. I’ve run a course to help with weight management for over four years. This course introduces a holistic approach to weight management to help break the diet cycle, using ideas from mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion-focused therapy.
Continuing professional development training:
- Risk awareness
- Working with self harm
- Low intensity CBT for OCD
- Behavioural experiments in low intensity CBT
- Generalised anxiety disorder in low intensity CBT
- Case management supervision
- Motivational interviewing
- Psychological approaches to physical health conditions
- Long term health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms
- Association for the Study of Obesity, UK Congress on Obesity
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£40 per hour session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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