I am a fully qualified and experienced psychotherapist who has a worked with a wide range of people and issues including anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties. I offer psychotherapy in Truro. I am available weekdays and evenings.
My aim is to support you so that you can explore at your own pace what you are finding difficult in a warm safe non-judgmental environment. This supported exploration helps you understand yourself, your thoughts, beliefs, feelings and relationships in a deeper way leading to more choices and a greater sense of connection with others and yourself and to well-being.
Recognising inner experiences and reactions including thoughts and feelings in the present moment helps you to identify unhelpful or automatic patterns of relating as well as cultivating and strengthening new ways of responding. Who we are and how we are forms, develops and changes through our experiences in relationships. Part of how we learn and develop new ways of being and heal from stuck patterns is in the context of a reflective, accepting relationship.
My approach to working relationally comes my training in Core Process Psychotherapy which integrates western psychological theory, Mindfulness and compassion practices.
Boarding School Survivors
Boarding school impacts relationships with families as children are not developmentally able to cope with disrupted relationships. Instead children are required to take on self-sufficiency and independence before they are emotionally ready. Children have to manage their distress alone and this can result in shutting down emotions in order to survive.
There is a cost to 'surviving' an institution and this occurs by developing a persona to hide vulnerability between you and the world. Although this persona may work in a competitive, achievement oriented world over time when in relationship with partners difficulties can arise.
Boarding School Survivors can:
struggle to show love
struggle to communicate
withhold feelings and be unemotional
use strategy to manage intimate relationships
be secretive and suspicious about sharing thoughts and feelings
As an ex-boarder you may feel that you would like support to explore this and I am available to help you with this.
I have written a chapter in Finding Our Way Home; Women’s Accounts of Being Sent to Boarding School edited by Nikki Simpson. [Routledge 2019]
If you are seeking psychotherapy in Truro, please feel free to contact me on 07712 575811.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications, Experience
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist trained at the Karuna Institute, Devon. I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy and I am accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have a diploma in providing specialist psychotherapy with ex-boarders.
I am an approved Affiliate Counsellor with an Employer Assistance Provider (EAP).
For published article, "Boarding School, the Happiest Days of Your Life?" Please visit
I have worked within addiction for 20 years in both residential treatment and in the community.
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
£60.00 per session
Free initial online session
The initial consultation is free and gives time to talking about your needs and expectations.
My fee is £60 for a 60 minute session.
Tuesday to Thursday daytime appointments.
My practice is in Truro.