As you find yourself here then I suspect you’ve had enough of trying to work things out for yourself or perhaps feel that there is no one you can turn to who understands. Even surrounded by family and friends we can feel sad, lonely and isolated and yet from the moment we are born, we depend upon another person to notice and make sense of our feelings. Our way to independence and self-awareness begins by relating with another. And throughout life, particularly in times of difficulty, we may need to bounce off someone else in order to work out how we feel, what might be going on, sometimes even to work out who we are. This is when the therapeutic relationship can help.
I am a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor, experienced in working with anxiety (including OCD), depression, loss, loneliness, trauma, abuse and pain; and with issues surrounding identity and relationships. I offer open-ended psychotherapy for adults and will work attentively, analytically and intuitively to enable you to find your own way to a greater understanding of yourself and of how better to cope with whatever is troubling you.
I follow a psychodynamic approach, which seeks to make sense of the ways in which our earliest experiences in relationship shape the way we relate to ourselves and to other people throughout our lives. So together we can explore what’s going on for you now whilst also thinking about what has happened in the past and how early experiences and ways of relating may be unconsciously affecting how you feel, think and act today.
Whether you are feeling anxious or depressed, have suffered loss or trauma, are struggling in a relationship or are finding life tough for whatever reason, I will meet you in your experience of difficulty and help you to work with it and through it. Within the safety of the therapeutic space, you have the potential to find your way to a truer, more integrated sense of yourself and from there to make choices based on what feels right for you, no matter what constraints life may have placed upon you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC membership number: 25705) and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP membership number: 374709)
I trained with Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy, gaining a BPC-accredited qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
My initial training was with the Iron Mill College in Poole, where I qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (accredited by the BACP). My Bachelors Degree is in English Literature.
Having worked for some years within a counselling service, also with students at Southampton Solent University, I now work in private practice in a quiet, leafy part of Lymington.
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 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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Full session fee (50 minutes) £50
Initial consultation (1 and a half hours): £60
I have some availability during the week and am currently working face to face.
I am currently working face-to face in a Covid-secure setting and am also able, in the event of a lockdown, to offer counselling on Zoom.
My practice is in one of Lymington’s quiet, rural lanes. My practice room is on the first floor and is large enough to allow us to sit at a distance of two metres (six feet) in order to maintain social distancing. Both the practice room and the bathroom are cleaned before and after every session and all contact surfaces, including handles, taps and light switches etc are sanitised. There is a parking area in the gravel forecourt outside.
If you'd like to come and see me, please either call me on my mobile (07938 046668) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will return your messages within 24-hours. Please let me know how you would like to be contacted and feel free to leave a message on my mobile; it is a dedicated confidential line and nobody but myself has access to it. I will then offer you an initial consultation which will allow us both to get a sense of each other and whether therapy is an appropriate way forward.
After the initial consultation, I would offer you a session at the same time and in the same room once a week. Sessions last for 50 minutes.
Any further questions or concerns that you might have, I'll be happy to answer either on the phone or when we meet.