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PGDip, MA, MBACP - Psychotherapy and Counselling

About me

Hello ... maybe you are thinking about talking to someone? Someone outside of friends and family, who can offer a professional, confidential and non-judgmental space in which to take a breath and think about what's happening in your world and inside of you.

At times each of us may feel overwhelmed, lost, trapped, isolated or invisible. People often choose to seek help because they are experiencing depression, anxiety, confusion or distress in their lives. But you don't have to be in crisis to choose therapy and all subjects can be explored safely and with curiosity.

I will listen and aim to help you to understand yourself and your relationships better and see choices more clearly;  I can be alongside you as you improve your emotional and mental well-being, and support you through challenges along the way.

Finding the right therapist for you is important:                                         

I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is key to the success of counselling.

The initial consultation is a chance for us to discuss what has brought you to therapy, I will explain a little more about the process and my ways of working and listen to an overview of your story and any history that you feel is relevant. Most importantly, it enables you to get a feel for me as a practitioner, and whether you would like us to work together moving forwards. Trust your instincts in this session and feel free to ask as many questions as you want to. Sometimes it is useful to speak to more than one therapist to find the right one for you, I offer a free initial meeting so that you can do this without financial risk.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Masters training in psychotherapy and counselling at Regent's University, London was integrative. This means that I studied the leading schools in the field of psychotherapy, gaining an understanding of how each way of thinking relates to the individual.

This has enabled me to develop an integrated approach, drawing on existential and psychodynamic practice, that I can tailor to you and your needs wherever you find yourself right now.

Ongoing professional development is important to me in delivering the best care that I can to my clients; I have undertaken several client group and issue specific training courses, including mentalisation based training (MBT-A) for working with adolescents at the Anna Freud Centre.

My practice:

I deliver psychotherapy and counselling to individuals in both the charity and private sectors, working with a broad range of issues and with people from varied walks of life.

Whilst I enjoy working with all sorts of clients and the issues that they bring, I have a particular interest in working with periods of transition and change, whether that be related to life stage, relationships, work or specific events. I also work to support parents as individuals or as couples who are experiencing challenges in, or want to explore further, their family relationships.

I work with clients both long and short term; the number of sessions will depend on you and your needs and what you are comfortable with. Generally I work face to face from a practice room in Henley - on Thames, but during the current pandemic I am offering telephone and online counselling. I have undertaken additional training to support this.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mid-Life exploration

Transition and Change

Parent work

Exclusion

Fees

Additional information

£65 for each weekly 50 minute session                                                                             

When I work

I work Monday to Thursday including some early morning and evening sessions. Please contact me for current availability.

Chiltern House, 45 Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Additional languages

None