Dip MBACP (Accred)
I am an experienced psychotherapist with a passion for people, potential and change.
10 years into my career I have worked with a wide range of clients, aged 18 to 80 ,clients from different cultural & ethnic backgrounds and clients with different sexual orientations. My work has taken me into charities ,secondary schools with and the NHS (supporting staff ) .
Change and how we learn, grow and adapt , whatever our background, is the source of my personal and professional motivation .It is , afterall, one of the hardest things we try to do .
How I work
As an integrative therapist I use humanistic theory and creative techniques to generate insight ,support change, over come challenges & process and emotionally difficult or traumatic feelings. I work with thoughts, feelings and the body particularly when working with grief, trauma and anxiety. I anticipate our work will be insightful, pragmatic and collaborative .At all times I will be working with you towards your goals and hold you within a safe and boundaried relationship. My aim is to support you from wherever you are to where you want to be , enabling a process of growth and change .
Our work may be short term and solution-focussed or longer term and unfolding . Whichever it is it will be led by you. Sessions are charged at £50, with the initial consulation charged at a reduced price of £25 to allow you to establish whether I'm the right therapist for you and for me to assess whether I have the skills to support you.
' If you can't change your mind you won't change anything'
George Bernard Shaw
Areas of specialism
Anxiety & Depression
- Work related stress, burn out , life balance , relationship challenges at work
Major life changes such as separation, divorce, retirement or life changing health issues
Trauma , childhood trauma and abuse
Self esteem ,Self image and Self confidence
Sexuality and identity
Grief, loss , bereavement and unresolved grief
How we work together
My hope is that together we will work openly and honestly on whatever you want to focus on. We'll reflect on and even challenge thoughts and feelings and how these affect your life . We will reflect on gaps between perception and reality, between beliefs and facts and in understanding and knowledge. My aim will be to support you wherever you are to where you want to be , enabling a process of growth and change .
I am fully qualified, hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and belong to The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists , the largest professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists . I am a registered and accredited member.
'The BACP accreditation scheme aims to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy.They help clients, employers, practitioners and students to make an informed decision when choosing a therapist, service or training course.'
In addition as part of both my ethical ,professional and personal development I continue to develop my knowledge and skills by practising , attending specialist courses and reading.
Eating Disorders Awareness
Mindfulness based CBT
Attachment : Cradle to Grave Theory , Research, Experience & practice
Trauma & the Body : Somatisation and Dissociation
Dealing with Distress : Working with Self Harm & suicide
Working with Loss : what does life mean for me now?
Introduction to CAT Cognitive Analytic Therapy