Are you looking for new ways to grow personally, dealing with difficult emotions like depression or anxiety or to address your longing for life to make sense and feel more whole and at home in yourself and this world?
I have been working therapeutically with both individuals and groups in various settings since 1988. First my Social worker training included Counselling skills and later a trained as Psychotherapist with a transpersonal background. This 5-year training in Psychosynthesis included already an integrative approach like incorporating Gestalt Therapy.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Social Work England. In addition to working with clients in private practice, my professional experience ranges from managing teams in mental health & addiction settings to facilitating personal growth retreats.
My way of working is motivated by Roberto Assagioli who pioneered the Psychosynthesis Approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It is based on the firm belief that each person carries within themselves the potential for personal growth and healing. It then becomes my task as a counsellor to provide you with a safe and accepting environment which offers you the time and space to contact your thoughts and feelings, increase your level of self-awareness and find your own truths. Besides talking therapy tools used may include visualisation or guided imagination work.
I will regard our first session as a one-off during which you will get a flavour of the way I work and, if appropriate, we can then arrange for a limited number of sessions to deal with any specific problems you may have. Short term counselling can offer help in times of decision making or in emotionally dense times such as bereavement, separation or coming out.
When working with you on a long term basis in psychotherapy my focus would shift from immediate crisis intervention and a goal orientated approach to an open exploration of your life issues as they unfold over time. Therapy then becomes a tool on your quest for meaning. Long term therapy will also be more appropriate when dealing with depression, anxiety, self harming tendencies or addictions. As I am trained in Somatic Experiencing and EMDR I can also offer therapy for Trauma and PTSD.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Social Work (1988)
- Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling and Psychotherapy (2002)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Transpersonal and Integrative Supervision (2009)
- Addictions & Mental Health Specialist, including managerial positions, in various professional settings in the Mental Health & Drug/Alcohol sector (Since 1988)
- Further trainings since 2002 in CBT, Emotional Freedom Technique, NLP and for working with Trauma/PTSD: EMDR and Somatic Experiencing
- Additional education/courses in Meditation & Mindfulness, Sexual Compulsion, Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol issues, Domestic Violence, Life Coaching
- Since 1997 facilitation of courses and retreats in spirituality, meditation and personal growth
Registered / Accredited
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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
I further offer work with issues like:
Decision-making / Discernment and life-choices
Faith conflicts / search for authentic spirituality
Gay and lesbian issues
Internet/Sexual "addiction" and other forms of compulsive behaviour
I charge £60 for a 50 minute session, including our first full hour meeting.
If you are on a low or, indeed, no income, I am happy to discuss the possibility of reduction. Please contact me for further details.
Evenings are best but contact me. Practice close to Vauxhall train/bus/train station. Online or phone counselling possible.
I see clients online. Recently I relocated from London to North Yorkshire and will see clients face to face in Thirsk and in the near future possibly in York. Please contact me for details.
I work also as Supervisor for individuals and groups in the Social Care field.
In addition I am available for Spiritual Direction and organise courses, trainings and retreats.
For more information take a look at my website or contact me directly by email or phone.