As well as working privately I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in the Intensive Psychological Therapy Service of Bradford District Care NHS Trust. My private practice is in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax. I also have a background in University Higher Education, in which I was a senior lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance.
My Sowerby Bridge practice is a 10 minute walk from the nearest train station and has ample free parking.
What to Expect
When you contact me we will talk on the phone, or communicate via email to clarify things a wee bit, and then arrange a time for a consultation. A consultation will usually be at least two separate sessions of 50 minutes each. We will use that time for you to talk about what brings you to be looking for help and for you to experience how we would work together. I might ask you to go away to think about what we have talked and thought about, before deciding whether or not you want to proceed. If you decide to work with me then subsequent appointments would be for 50 minutes.
I work in a way that is described as psychoanalytic or psychodynamic. Sometimes, when something feels very painful we might find ourselves trying to ignore it. Often we understand and know this is what we are doing, but when we don't we might bury these feelings so deeply that we lose sight of them. These past experiences and feelings, of which we might not be conscious, can continue to affect our present behaviour. I provide a therapeutic environment which helps us to discover and talk about how you feel and think and to understand what might be causing you to have difficulty in the present.
As an analytical therapist I will be closely tuned in and empathic, but you may find me more neutral than you might have expected, keeping my personal feelings and reactions private. As well as giving you a chance to unburden yourself, I will also be trying to pick up unconscious, hidden patterns and meanings in what you are saying and will be interested in the way you are relating to me, and how this links with other, perhaps problematic relationships in your life.
I offer Psychotherapy for Adults. I work with people experiencing many types of difficulty including
• Trauma and the consequences of sexual and physical abuse and maltreatment
• Grief and loss
• Behavioural difficulties
• Relationship problems
• Developmental needs
• Emotional difficulties
• Boarding School syndrome
This list is not exhaustive and my approach is to think with you about the difficulties you are experiencing, to help you to gain insight and understanding and to enable change.
How Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy might help you
The therapeutic process offered in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy allows patients to understand and to alleviate their difficulties through a deepening awareness of their interior world and how its associated thoughts, feelings and resulting actions have an influence on present and past relationships. It helps patients with problematic psychological distress and disorder but is also of great benefit to those who feel lost in their lives and who are looking for a more fulfilled existence. It is not primarily an educational or intellectual therapy rooted in the past but rather a lively working through in the present of often unconscious emotional and relationship difficulties. The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the patient's inner world become reflected in the patient's relationship with the therapist, which is part of what is termed the transference.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy focusses on deep-seated personal change and character/emotional development. For further information about psychoanalytic psychotherapy go to the BPC website: https://www.bpc.org.uk/about-psychotherapy/what-psychotherapy
A recent long-term Tavistock study on adult depression treated by once weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy provided clear evidence of its lasting benefits for years after the end of the therapy. If you would like to read the paper on this go to https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/wps.20267
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council, Registration no.19267 https://www.bpc.org.uk/find-a-therapist/therapist/19267
- Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists
- Qualifying Course in Inter-cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
- M.Dip Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- MA in Creative Writing, Sheffield Hallam
- BA (Hons) Drama and English, UEA
- PGCE, University of Huddersfield
- Fellow of the HEA
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 Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding School Syndrome
£45.00 per session
At the moment (Autumn 2021) I have one or two psychotherapy places. I will be moving my practice in June 2022 so can only offer short term work (7 months maximum).
My rates are £45 for a consultation session or a psychotherapy session. I see people for as long as a number of years or for as few as twelve sessions, either once or twice a week: at an initial consultation we would think together about your needs and circumstances. I usually ask for payment each month by cash, cheque or bank transfer. We would meet on the same day(s) and at the same time(s) each week. Once we start therapy if you do not attend the session the fee is still payable, although if I can arrange an alternative time for your appointment in that week I will do so.
Autumn 2021: I have two psychotherapy places available. I will be moving my practice in June 2022 so can only offer short term work (7 months maximum).