As a Person-Centred Psychotherapist I aim to help you feel accepted, understood and comfortable enough to converse with me in confidence about what has brought you to seek emotional, behavioural or psychological help. By relating together with a common focus centred on your experiences and perspectives, this process encourages a level of awareness and clarity. Your own intrinsic abilities germinate to guide your direction of growth.
Couples Therapeutic Dialogue
Also rooted in the Person-Centred Approach, I offer a space for couples to explore their relationship. Couples arrive wanting to improve communication and their patterns of relating. I aim to hold a non-judgemental, safe and equal space that explores how to move forward, whether this is for the purposes of separation or staying together. I will be attentive to the pain expressed in session while being respectful of the values and intentions of each person in the relationship. This is a time where we can be open to new things about ourselves and the other.
Since 2015 I have offered supervision for qualified psychotherapists and counsellors or anyone working with individuals where the work is demanding of you in an interpersonal way of relating. I have also supported trainees as they go through their placement.
I trained as a Psychotherapist at Temenos Education in Sheffield (under Keith Tudor) and followed the Post-graduate course in Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Master in Science in Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling, awarded by Middlesex University. Concurrently, I undertook the requirements to become a registered Psychotherapist with the UKCP.
I completed two Post-graduate courses in Supervision (Certificate then Diploma) at Counselling Extra in Nottingham with Mike Worrall and Linda Smith.
I hold a small private practice in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I also use my twenty years experience as a teacher in mainstream education to underpin facilitation of learning for counselling trainees (currently at Doncaster University).
I am an avid amateur family historian and genealogist and find this plays into my interest in heritage and cultural identity.
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.