With the ever–increasing pressures in daily life, it is no surprise that we feel under pressure. When faced with difficult situations or transitions in our work or private life, we often feel as though we should be able to handle these situations, seeing the need for support as a sign of weakness. This can ultimately lead to a sense of overwhelm, stress, anxiety, low mood, depression, anger, jealousy and any other naturally occurring negative emotions. Over time, this can cause a decrease in self-esteem, confidence, and motivation that then feeds into negative patterns of thinking, feelings and behaviours. Therapy provides professional support and an opportunity to explore these difficulties in a safe and therapeutic space. It provides a space to process and deal with the areas of life that bring painful and negative thoughts and feelings, allowing to work towards acceptance, increased hope and a more positive mind-set.
I base my therapy on the view that the therapeutic relationship is of most importance. Providing a non-judgemental, confidential and safe place where you are able to confide and share openly with support.
The process of therapy will begin with initially discussing the current difficulties and reasons for seeking additional support. We will further explore past experiences in order to gain a better understanding of you as a whole. We will work together to discuss goals for therapy, ensuring that the therapeutic process is a collaborative one.
I tailor my therapeutic approach in order to suit the individual and their needs, as different approaches will work for different people. I draw from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as third wave approaches, including mindfulness, and compassion-focused approaches. I have frequently used a more integrative approach when needed to suit the needs of the individual.I also offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
I am passionate in helping others to overcome obstacles, allowing for a richer and more fulfilling life. I feel privileged to be able to meet and work collaboratively with the people that seek support, and humbled to be able to join them on their journey of self-discovery.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a qualified Clinical Psychologist I have a wide range of experience with a diverse population presenting with an array of difficulties.
I have a background in individual, couples, family and group interventions.
Working over the lifespan from young children and adolescents to older adults.
I have worked for government agencies, including the NHS, as well as privately for a number of years.
I further am trained and have a number of years in providing Clinical Supervision to Clinical, Counselling and Forensic Psychologist, both individual and group.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free 15 minute telephone consultation
Individual therapy sessions are £140 for a 50 minute session
Couples therapy sessions are £160 for a 50 minute session
I am registered with AXA, AVIVA, Cigna, BUPA and WPA. Though please do contact me should you be registered with an insurance that is not listed.
Concessions offered for
When not working, I enjoy traveling, hiking and making the most of my free time to explore and learn new things. I believe in trying to be healthy both mentally and physically and enjoy challenging myself in these areas to allow for growth as a person.