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About

How I Work

I offer a warm, friendly, compassionate and confidential space to explore what it is that brings you to counselling.  My aim is to help create opportunities that will facilitate change and healing.  Therapy not only provides an opportunity to work through difficulties but it can also be about celebrating strengths and seeking self-compassion. 

 

I work as an integrative counsellor –  which means I use thoughts and ideas from different therapy models including both the humanistic (person-centred)  and also the more relational and analytic psychodynamic theories.   My approach is client led, thus my response is unique to each client.  In working psychotherapeutically I place an importance on the relationship between my client and myself - working both collaboratively and relationally - this forms a vital and dynamic part of our work together.  

“The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing.

In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another."

 Carl R. Rogers

 

Online Counselling

I offer online counselling as well, via Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp or telephone. 

Fees

My counselling fee is based on a sliding scale of £50 – £65 per session.  

I do offer a couple of concessionary places - these are currently full.

Examples of some issues that might
bring you to counselling

Issues

Anxiety and depression

Lingering low mood, sadness, loneliness

Bereavement including being bereaved by suicide or drug related deaths

Abuse (physical, emotional)

Sexual abuse (current or historical)

Work related issues

Stress

Self harm/suicidal thoughts/ideation

Relationship breakdown (divorce)

Relationship difficulties (friendship, family, work)

Domestic violence (physical, emotional, financial, sexual)

Life transitions ('empty nest', retirement, illness (stroke, brain injury), disability, dying)

Domestic violence (physical, emotional, financial, coercive control)

​Low self esteem​

 

Trauma

Disordered eating

Attachment Issues

Existential questioning

Parenting (challenge and impact of generational trauma)

Parenting  (baby (perinatal & post natal/teen/young adult)​

Working with carers

Chronic illness

Working with counselling students whilst in training

 

Qualifications

Professional Qualifications

Diploma in Integrative and Humanistic Counselling  (BCPC) (UKCP & BACP accred.)

Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC)

Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Therapy, Oxford University

Counselling Children and Young People (Level 5),

I'm OK, You're OK,  ABC Awards 7 Certa Awards

I am an accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

and a full clinical member of the

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

 

Telehealth Course

Moving Your Practice Online (Online Therapy Institute)

Compliant with UKCP Covid 19 Working Online Guidance

Other

B.Mus (Rhodes)

M.Mus (Edinburgh)

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About

Continuing Professional Development

I abide by the UKCP continuing professional development guide and  undertake a range of activities to develop professional awareness in contemporary thinking, which includes elements of reflective and reflexive practices. Normally these consist of clinical supervision, research, attendance at conferences and workshops or private study, as outlined in the UKCP CPD Policy.

I remain committed, fascinated and passionate about ongoing learning (in person talks, podcasts, online webinars, group therapy, books, videos, music), all of which provide further insight, texture, challenge, reflection, character and soul to the continuing dynamic therapeutic relationships. 

Some of my recent CPD activities are listed below:
Janina Fisher (September 2023) (London)
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors

Pat Ogden (September 2023) (Live webinar)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Action

Martha Stark and Michael Soth (June 2023) (Live webinar)
The Art & The Science of Interpretation in Embodied Relational Practice

Essential DBT skills (August 2022) (Online learning)

Current Reading:
Julia Jaffee Nagel
Melodies of the Mind: Connections between

Psychoanalysis and Music

 

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