Note about Covid-19
During the current crisis, I am able to offer sessions remotely, depending on what technology you have available.
If you're wondering about whether therapy can still be helpful to you remotely, please get in contact. I'll be happy to speak about how the experience might be different, how it might be similar and what I'll be able to offer.
I am a family and systemic psychotherapist. I work with individuals, couples and families on a wide range of difficulties and have worked in a number of different public sector settings.
Family and systemic psychotherapy is an inclusive and collaborative approach to therapy. Primarily, it is an approach that promotes respect for every individual’s experiences, needs and opinions, whether you come to therapy individually or as a couple or family.
My clients know me for my warmth, whether we are talking about something positive, painful or difficult, and the sense that whatever they say, I appreciate their humanity and their intentions.
My clients tell me I create a space where they feel valued, particularly in the parts of them that have felt undervalued, or even shameful. They tell me I create a space where they begin to be able to say what has previously remained unsaid and tell a new, more hopeful story.
I draw on various approaches in my work as well as systemic therapy, particularly also compassion-focused therapy and mindfulness.
What to expect
The work could take any number of forms, because I adapt my work to the needs, preferences, diverse family forms and cultural makeup of those who come for therapy. It‘s very much about working ‘with’, not ‘on’ people.
That said, it would tend to involve enabling people to explore, together or individually, difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Please get in contact with me to book a free initial consultation, where we will discuss whether I will be able to be helpful to you. You will have the opportunity to get a sense of whether you will find my work helpful.
I am happy to offer free telephone consultations before we meet for the first time.
I do not assume any particular length of work with my clients, or frequency of sessions--this all depends on what you would want to work on.
At the end of the first session, we would agree on how we plan to work together, and the ways we will review the work.
Family and systemic psychotherapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, chronic illness, severe psychiatric conditions and couple distress. In childhood, it is effective in response to various mood and conduct disorders, as well as eating disorders.
Please see https://www.aft.org.uk/consider/view/consider.html for more information on family and systemic psychotherapy and the difficulties that are helped by it.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and registered family and systemic psychotherapist with an MSc in systemic psychotherapy, a four-year qualification. I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
The majority of my experience has been working in local authority social care and innovation services. Recently, I have been particularly focused on new approaches to family conflict.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I offer free one-hour initial consultations, whether in person, on the phone or remotely by video.
The fee for regular sessions of one hour is £60.
If this is something you cannot afford, I am able to negotiate lower fees.
I am available at various times of the week for remote video sessions.
I am available to see clients in person between 4pm and 8pm every Monday.
During the current COVID-19 crisis, I am able to be flexible and offer sessions remotely and at various times.