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About me

I provide short or long term therapy, with individuals, couples, and organisations.  I have thirty years' experience of working with both personal and work related issues, particularly dealing with somatic distress and anxiety and stress. Many people come for counselling when there is stress in important relationships, and our relational patterns are essential to being healthy and balanced in life. Stress and difficulties, changes and transitions in our own lives or in the lives of important people in our lives can cause sleep, eating or other disruption in your usual coping behaviours. Regaining a sense of balance both physically and emotionally is key to improving your quality of life.

An Integrative practitioner, I am a relational counsellor, working through your present difficulties to develop your insight, self awareness and self efficacy.

An initial session means we can decide whether we can work together and if I am not the right person for you, I will aim to refer you elsewhere.  I also offer mediation, debriefing and training.

I believe that spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual fulfilment are equally important and counselling should bring you back into a healthier balance.

Research experience:

  • neurobiological change and transformation in individuals,
  • community and organisational communications
  • understanding control behaviours (eg. addictive patterns) in relation to anxiety.and trauma

I am an accredited clinical supervisor to both qualified and trainee counsellors, individually and in groups.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Accredited as a counsellor and supervisor (both individuals and groups)
  • Research Masters Degree - understanding transformation and learning in adults

I have developed training programmes to national training standards for over 25 years and designed and delivered bespoke training for public and private organisational teams.

I designed and delivered group programmes for women affected by domestic abuse and violence, with many clients progressing into independence financially emotionally as well as finding healthier new relationships for themselves.

My private practice over 30 years has allowed me to develop approaches to counselling , responding to client's realities, whether that is working with dreams, narrative, writing or symbols.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

I additionally provide organisational or family mediation, and am able to travel in the South East/East Anglia region.

Discounted fees are available for trainees entering into long term therapy contracts during their training.

I have extensive experience of providing critical incident debriefing as required for organisational groups as required.

Fees

Additional information

£40/hour for individuals
£60/hour for couples

negotiable for long term clients and trainees

Supervision:  £40/hour

When I work

I am able to offer flexible times to be mutually agreed when contracting for counselling

Further information

Please feel free to contact me by email or telephone to discuss any questions you may have. If you do arrange an initial appointment, this does not commit you to any further sessions and this is an initial meeting to explore whether I am the right person for you.

If I do not think we will work well together, I am happy to suggest other practitioners or organisations that may be more helpful.

I am an approved BUPA provider as well as receiving referrals from a range of EAP companies.

Fig Tree Cottage, 28 Blackhorse Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9EG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Ground floor toilet facilities available. Parking directly outside the premises.

Supervision

In person
Phone

I offer Integrative supervision to individual counsellors and to groups, supervising psychodynamic, humanistic and IAPT providers.

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