I am a qualified and experienced integrative psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor with sixteen years of experience working with patients and clients in NHS and private settings. I am an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and a member of BICA the British Infertility Counselling Association.
I offer both long and short-term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals who are either in crisis or exploring personal development issues, difficult decisions and dilemmas. I describe myself as a developmental, relational and emotionally focused therapist, where patterns of relating to oneself and other people are explored with a particular focus on emotions and how/if they are expressed effectively. A central principle of my work is to help create a confidential, honest and open relationship between us. This relationship often mirrors relationships in life and can be used as a safe and creative place to make changes and choices that can then be transferred into the world outside the therapy room. In the course of our work we may explore patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour from childhood to the present with the aim of making positive changes.
People often seek therapy because their potential for happiness, success and contentment is not being fulfilled and they feel lost, 'stuck' and perhaps desperate. My aim is to help you fulfil your potential in these areas of your life.
My background is in nursing, health visiting, teaching and training which has given me a broad and diverse experience of working with all types of people. I have a particular interest and skills in working with issues affecting the emotional well-being of men and women who are struggling with issues from childhood or adolescence, including issues such as childhood abuse or neglect, traumatic experiences of loss or change, witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse or arguments, problems with parenting, attachment and bonding, infertility issues, low self-esteem, self-loathing and body shame, relationship problems or transitions, bereavement, loss and disability. I also have experience of helping people with work related stress, anxiety, depression, bullying and harassment and disciplinary issues at work.
My formal qualifications include:
Certificate in Online Counselling
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy and UKCP Registration
HE Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Certificate in Person Centered Counselling
BA(Hons)in Community Health Care Nursing
DPSN Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing
I am a qualified nurse (RGN) and health visitor (RHV)
I undertake monthly clinical supervision of my work to ensure that I provide an effective, safe and ethical service.
I have sixteen years of experience of working as a qualified and accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and I work online as required. I am accredited with UKCP, BACP and a member of BICA.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.