I am an integrative senior accredited BACP counsellor, EMDR practitioner and clinical supervisor. I have worked in counselling for over twenty years and before that in social work, including in mental health services.
I am approachable if you feel sad, angry, confused, find you cannot sleep, are drinking or arguing too much, or do not feel like the “normal you”. I take everyone’s issues seriously regardless of your racial, gender and sexual identity.
I believe psychological therapies can help you cope better with:
• current and past challenging experiences,
• a feeling that you have lost your way in life,
• when your relationships are suffering, and
• the mental health difficulties that can develop as a result.
Therapy can help you to feel less overwhelmed, resolve past traumas and develop a fresh perspective so that you can free yourself up from what has been holding you back and make new choices.
My years as a social worker taught me that some of life’s problems are heavily influenced by circumstances beyond our control and perhaps by certain social attitudes towards us. Therapy with me will take this into account in our work together. Providing a service that respects diversity and fairness is very important to me.
About my therapy practice – I provide:
A welcoming and safer space for you to explore your difficulties with me.
Weekly sessions using counselling and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy, a trauma-focused therapy, following assessment and negotiation with you (see below for more details).
Short-term, time-limited or longer-term therapy with regular reviews.
I work on Thursdays and Friday mornings. I communicate using email, SMS text and telephone.
I follow the ethical code laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy https://www.bacp.co.uk/
Type of therapy - Face to face
Counselling - What is it?
Counselling is a psychological therapy which can help reduce emotional distress. As a counsellor I provide a space for you to explore your difficulty safely and without judgement so you can make sense of what has been happening to you and work out ways to get through and feel stronger. Counselling focuses on your thoughts, feelings, actions, physical reactions in your body, past experiences, memories and relationships with others. Our work together aims to help you understand your difficulties, find self-acceptance and move on with your life, building on the strengths and resources that you already have.
I provide integrative counselling which draws on understandings from systemic, psychodynamic, neuroscientific theories and cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, compassion-focused and ego-state therapies. This means I can be flexible in my approach with you according to your individual needs and we can draw up a plan together.
EMDR - What is it?
EMDR is a psychological therapy that helps people recover from traumatic experiences by enabling the brain to reprocess related and difficult memories that are still causing emotional and physical distress in your present life (such as nightmares, heightened emotions, hypervigilance and perhaps avoidance behaviours). As the EMDR UK and IRELAND Association states EMDR is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it can also help with a range of mental health conditions in people of all ages https://emdrassociation.org.uk/
Sessions can be arranged at a nearby venue in Hereford with disabled access.
English. I have many years of working with people for whom English is their 2nd language.
Who I see
Individual adults 18+ in distress due to post-traumatic stress, difficult childhood experiences, somatic reactions including eating and body image issues, dissociation, loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, termination of pregnancy, fear of failure, problems at work, personal development, stressors relating to gender, sexuality, racial or ethnic identity, physical disability, neuro-atypical identity or a medical or psychiatric diagnosis.
Who I do not see
People requiring immediate medical support due to a severe eating disorder, acute psychiatric ill-health or suicidal planning; addictions; couples; children.
Integrative, face to face and online via Skype.
I have provided clinical supervision, one to one and in groups, since 2004 for counsellors in Higher Education, voluntary sector and hospice settings.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and experience
- 20+ years as a counsellor with young people and adults in a range of settings both in the voluntary sector, the NHS, local authority and in 2 universities.
- B.Phil Counselling, University of Birmingham
- MBACP (Senior Accredited), 2003. Registered Member 14302
- EMDR Accredited Practitioner with EMDR UK and IRELAND Association and EMDR Europe Association, 2014.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies (Supervision) 2005
- Previously, 20 years as a social worker with children, families, older adults and people with mental health difficulties; and as an HIV specialist social worker.
BSc Psychology, MA + PQSW Social work
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session after a free telephone consultation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Sessions can be arranged at a nearby venue in Hereford with disabled access
Thursdays, Friday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a supervisor I use explicit, negotiated agreements with clear boundaries, lines of communication and accountability.