As a counsellor and EMDR therapist, I work with people whose lives are affected by trauma to feel better about themselves and move on. I help with understanding and resolving the impact of difficult experiences, ranging from childhood events, assault, loss or Covid 19.
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, such as anxiety and depression.
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.
I am an integrative senior accredited BACP counsellor, accredited 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. 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 safe space for you to explore your difficulties with me.
Weekly sessions using counselling and/or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), a trauma-focused therapy, following assessment and negotiation with you (see below for more details).
Short-term, time-limited or longer-term therapy with reviews.
I communicate about appointments 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 and online using Zoom.
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 you 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/
Hereford and Colwall (near Malvern)
Hereford - 2nd floor, no lift. Also nearby venue with disabled access. Colwall - Single step entry into property with ground floor toilet.
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 active suicidal planning; addictions; couples; children.
Integrative, face to face and online via Skype or Zoom.
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
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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
EMDR Association UK
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session after a free telephone consultation.