I have worked within many areas of mental health and therapy as a qualified psychotherapist, spending time on extending my skills and experience. I recognise the value in having had many adverse life experiences of my own which have led me to greater empathy and understanding when working with others.
Each person's experience is unique but there are often patterns which occur in one's life which have been repeated outside of our conscious awareness and lead to a feeling of being 'stuck'. Finding the courage to look for the source of these patterns and making the right connections can bring a new understanding and, thereafter, the possibility of healing and personal growth.
I use a number of techniques when working with clients including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment theory, breathing meditation, transpersonal psychology and Gestalt. I also work with the content of clients' dreams which can help to bring that which is locked inside into the conscious self, thus allowing deeper work to take place.
I live in a rural area which is not easily accessible by public transport but I have a lovely, peaceful consulting room with views.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Mental Nurse
- Diploma in Community Psychiatric Nursing
- Certificate in Problem-Centred Psychodynamic Family Therapy
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
I have undertaken numerous short courses and seminars on a wide range of topics in order to update and augment my skills. I am part way through a PG Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People. I have acquired a lot of experience in working with addictions, historical abuse, relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression.
I worked as a trauma specialist and independent therapist whilst living and working in South Africa.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Group therapy
I offer a free thirty minute consultation for new clients to meet with me and decide on whether or not we could work together, based on that vital 'spark' and the match between what is being sought and what I can provide.
If we decide to work together, I charge £45 per 50 minute session which can be paid with cash, cheque or bank transfer. When seeing couples, the cost is £60 per session.
My practice is protected by professional indemnity insurance. I ask that we sign a contract which outlines the responsibilities of both parties throughout our work.
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