With a background in nursing, I am able to work with issues relating to mental health and well-being, as well as general personal and relationship issues. I can offer different therapy approaches to suit individual needs.
I respect the uniqueness of each individual and believe clients are the experts on themselves. I use a holistic approach, helping clients to use their own resources and build on their strengths, working through issues, solving problems, achieving goals, and increasing self-awareness.
My approach is friendly and client-centred; and my philosophy is integrative, informed by several psychological theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and Gestalt.
I believe that the past can affect the present and, subsequently, determine the future; and so it can be useful to explore past experiences.
For some difficulties, it helps to focus on changing the patterns of thinking and behaviour which can lie behind problems.
I also find that the relationship between the therapist and client can be very informative, supportive and healing.
I have completed additional training in delivering on-line therapy and therefore am able to offer remote sessions via telephone or video call during the covid 19 pandemic or if other circumstances prevent you from attending a session in person.
I qualified as a registered nurse in 1999 and continue to practice as a mental health nurse within the NHS and other organisations. I qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor in 2002 and as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2019.
I have had experience of seeing clients in a GP practice and I have run my own private practice since 2002.
As a therapist, I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP); and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (UKRCP). As a nurse, I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
I abide by the BACP, UKCP and NMC Codes of Conduct, which can be found on their websites, and involve maintaining confidentiality; acting with integrity and professionalism; attending regular supervision; and holding professional indemnity insurance.
Naturally, I have also received my own in-depth therapy over several years so I am able to appreciate how it feels to be a client.
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.