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.
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
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.