Problems can be solved, mysteries only lived (James Hillman)
Therapy can be both, a problem solving tool and a journey of discovery. The former is often described as 'counselling', the latter as 'psychotherapy' or 'analysis'. The boundaries are fluid.
Depending on the curiosity of the two people present in the room, therapy can take six sessions or a number of years.
More often than not, the therapeutic journey begins with a problem. Whatever has brought you to this website, it is likely to be issues of relating - be it to others or to aspects of your Self. You may be looking for a way out of your relationship to drugs or alcohol, or you may want to leave your depression and stuckness behind. Maybe life itself is too much for you, or death is ever looming. Or, there is just that feeling of unease that you have been carrying around with you for a long time that appears to be signalling something that you just cannot decipher on your own.
Whatever your issue, it is likely to be reflected in our encounter and together we will need to decide whether to use a problem solving tool kit, an exploratory approach or both. I see therapy as an encounter which explores the past only in so far as that exploration enables a better experience of the present.
As a therapist I can offer you my presence in this present.
In your sessions we will investigate the issues that you bring and what it means to be human. I will trust the process of our meeting to bring forth what is needed:
We may decide to put the emphasis on the application of practical tools in order to help you move forward; we may decide to go on a journey that, not unlike time travel, sends a much needed companion to your Inner Child of long ago; or we may find ways of bringing the difficult feelings that you are experiencing into the therapy room for you to experiment with and for you to find different responses that help you be more in control of your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (1992-96)
- Diploma in Integrative Supervision (2012)
- Diploma in Couples Work (2016)
- Additional training in Transactional Analysis (1991), Jungian Psychotherapy and Healing (2005), Group Analysis (2009 - 2011)
- Addictions Specialist, including managerial positions, in various settings (2000-2011)
- Facilitator of personal development workshops and retreats (since 1995)
- Meditator and Yoga Practitioner (since 1990)
- Former Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Teacher Trainer (1981-95)
- Bilingual speaker of English and German
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I usually charge £100 for a 50 minute session, including our first meeting. Please enquire about concessions as I may have some lower fee spaces available. These are calculated by taking 1/1000th of your annual salary +£25 (for example: annual salary of 25k = £50/session). I also offer package deals for combined individual and group sessions.
If you are on very low, or, indeed, no income, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that Number42 operates a Reduced Fee therapy service for which I am the Lead Practitioner. This service is staffed by carefully selected and supervised trainee therapists and clients usually pay £40 per session with some room for further negotiations down to a minimum of £15, depending on your financial circumstances. Please contact me for more details.