I am currently working on-line booking video and telephone appointments. We are not usually taught how to manage the emotional difficulties we experience going through life. Life events can deeply wound us and it's hard to bear difficult feelings on our own. Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy and talk to ourselves very critically and harshly, causing more anxiety.
I am committed to helping you to build a greater emotional resilience, greater self confidence and self compassion. This will allow you to thrive and live a happier life.
If you experience anxiety, panic, stress, depression, low mood, generalised anxiety disorder, suicidal thoughts, a sense of loss or bereavement or relationship problems, please contact me for a confidential conversation.
I specialise in short-term focused therapy and have gained my experience working in private practice as well as for the NHS, BUPA and Employment Assistance Programmes. Short-term therapy is very effective for focusing on a particular problem such as anxiety and, working towards a solution.
Long term therapy is recommended for experiences of trauma and abuse. This is because it is important that you have time to feel safe and build a sense of trust. I have a lot of experience working long term with clients.
When counselling, I will:
- work professionally, confidentially and therapeutically with you
- help you to identify the goals you want to work towards
- help you to focus on your problems and work towards a solution
- help you to look towards the future and put in place resources to support you with any problems that may occur
- keep my skills and experience up-to-date so that I can work with you effectively
The first session is 50 minutes and this is what usually happens:
I'll talk to you about confidentiality and then we talk about how you are feeling and how this is affecting your life. I listen very carefully to what you are saying and together we start to build a picture of what you would like to change in your life and how counselling can support you to make those changes.
Sometimes, clients want to talk about very significant past events such as abuse or trauma. Counselling gives you a safe, contained and non-judgemental space to do just that. Counselling allows you to hear your story and I will support and help you understand and get to grips with your past and help you to look forward, and to make changes and to live a more content life.
The type of problems I'm experienced working with:
I am a qualified Psychotherapist and I have over 12 years experience working with a wide range of problems including - low self-confidence, self-criticism, depression, sadness, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, bereavement, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, social anxiety, health anxiety, death anxiety, panic, and excessive worrying.
I am experienced working with trauma and use EMDR.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a psychodynamic counsellor as I'm really interested in how relationships and attachments formed in childhood can affect our present day relationships. I'm also interested in key life events and how we build up resources and resilience to help us when we experience difficulties such as a bereavement, abuse or rejection.
Counselling helps you to look at your past and make some sense of it. It's not useful to keep looking back if nothing changes in your present life or in your emotional well being. Learning emotional resilience and ways to respond rather than react, brings about a greater sense of confidence and control.
My qualifications include:
2019 EMDR Parts 1, 2 and 3,
2010: Certificate in Mediation Skills
2007: Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (PgD) with Commendation
2002: First Class Honours Degree in Psychology with English BSc (Hons).
I also use the following therapies:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Emotional Freedom Technique
Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
I can help you develop self compassion and emotional resilience.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Compassion - tools to learn self-compassion
- Emotional Resilience - tools to learn resilience
I am an experienced psychotherapist and my face to face sessions start at £50.
When working from home and making video or telephone calls, I charge £45
I do offer concessions when I can. These are currently being offered to NHS workers
Concessions offered for
I keep my knowledge and skills up-to-date by attending workshops, by reading and webinars.
I have completed Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy training.