Whether you have a specific issue you would like to resolve or just a desire to work towards a better experience of your life, I can help you. I offer long-term psychotherapy, art therapy and short-term, solution focused counselling. I also offer coaching/mentoring for people struggling with the strain of a demanding career/studies, or for those looking to change direction in their lives.
I am an integrative psychotherapist – this means I work creatively and I have different perspectives and theories to draw on when working with you. I can adapt my approach to suit your changing needs, offering you a bespoke experience.
I will work collaboratively with you. I believe you are the expert of your life - you hold the resources to navigate life’s terrain and you may just need some help to connect to them. I will listen carefully to what you have to say and help you communicate the things you can’t put into words. We will work together to discover some of the root causes of your problems and the strategies to help you live a more fulfilling life.
I can help you explore your patterns of relating to others and work through the areas in your life that may feel inhibited or stuck. I am holistic in my approach, laying equal importance to all aspects of the individual: cognitive, physical, social, biological, and economical.
I will offer a safe space and a warm, non-judgemental presence for you to share the things that matter most to you. I may invite you to work creatively as a way to deepen the experience. We could do this by exploring metaphors, images that come to mind, feelings or sensations in your body, dreams and by using art materials. The imagination can be very useful in unlocking feelings and experiences that appear to be out of our grasp. Experience in art-making is not a requirement for this kind of work.
I have many years’ experience working to help others meet their potential and I am committed to working inclusively with individuals of different age, gender, culture, sexual orientation.
Making the decision to seek counselling or psychotherapy is often not an easy one. It's important that you work with a therapist that is right for you; someone you can feel comfortable with. If you would like to know more about how I work or just have a chat to see if I can help, send me an email to schedule your free 20 minute phone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Originally from Ireland and from a background in art and design, I have lived in different parts of the world and so have had the opportunity to have experienced a variety of cultures. This includes spending almost 10 years in Northern Thailand where I co-founded an arts charity working with refugees and migrant workers escaping the Burmese military regime.
In the UK I have experience working in the NHS with individuals with acute mental illness; in the charity sector with women surviving domestic violence and with the Irish community, many of whom are survivors of institutional abuse; in community counselling services; and care management for people with brain injuries and neurological conditions.
I hold a MA in integrative Arts Psychotherapy and an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts.
I am a registered member of BACP, BAAT member and HCPC accredited
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
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.
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
£75.00 per session
I offer an initial 20-minute phone consultation free of charge. This should give you the opportunity to see if I am the right therapist for you.
Individual counselling and psychotherapy sessions cost £75 for 50 minutes.
Some on-line (secure video-call) and phone sessions currently available.
What happens in your first session?
The first session is an opportunity for you to find out whether the therapy I offer is right for you. It is a chance for us to get to know each other and find out whether we can work together effectively. You should feel comfortable, confident, and motivated working with me. You can ask any questions about the therapeutic process or discuss any concerns. will ask you what brings you to therapy at this time of your life and what you would like to achieve. I may want to find out about your background, things that are going well in your life and what you struggle with.
There is no obligation to commit to therapy in the first session.
What happens after?
Should you feel the first session went well and you would like to continue your therapy, a second session will be agreed on. You will choose a day and a time which will become your regular appointment. In the second session we will sign a therapeutic contract with confidentiality, payment, cancellation policies detailed. Our work together will commence.