I am able to offer you secure online sessions during this time. I offer a compassionate space to explore whatever brings you to therapy, whether dealing with a current crisis or a more enduring difficulty in life.
Beginning to talk about yourself and what you are dealing with may feel new or even unnerving, so I am always mindful to work with you at your own pace. In the process of therapy many different issues may come up for you. There is no pressure to work to a schedule or through any set list. In talking together we have an opportunity to explore, reflect upon and understand more fully how and why you feel the way you do.
My Experience and Approach:
I have a particular interest in how early relationships shape our experiences later in life. Whilst I work in an integrative way and draw upon many theories, I find psychodynamic and relational approaches in particular offer great insight into how our past can live on in the present. I also pursue research exploring how the changing environment affects our psychological well-being.
In a time of accelerating climate change I believe it is essential to keep in mind the impact of the wider social, political and environmental challenges we are all necessarily affected by. Whilst we may not discuss this explicitly in sessions, I believe these issues will always be a part of how we find ourselves situated in life at any given time.
The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic means that for the time being face to face sessions are not possible. I am however able to offer online video sessions.
Recent research suggests that online therapy can be just as effective as face to face therapy. As well as following all UKCP and BCPC guidelines and undertaking the necessary trainings they recommend, I also have additional training with the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy which is an approved ACTO Online Training Provider.
My training, qualifications & experience:
I am an accredited psychotherapist with UKCP having completed an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling). This course involves an intensive and in-depth approach to study over many years.
Alongside my private practice which has been running since 2013, I have also worked for the SWAN project in Bristol, one of the few places in the Bath and Bristol area which offers the opportunity for longer term low cost therapy.
I am also an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance. (http://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/)
In addition to following all UKCP and BCPC professional guidance relevant to online therapy, I have also completed additional training with the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy.
*This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance*
Previous Training and Experience:
My professional background is in mental health, having worked for nearly a decade supporting individuals dealing with enduring mental health issues. My previous training includes a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at BCPC, a Certificate in Counselling Skills at Bath College, as well as a degree in Psychology and Study of Religions at Bath Spa University.
If you would like to find out more about coming to psychotherapy then please do get in touch. We can arrange an initial session which is an opportunity to get a feel for how we would work together and to ask any questions you may have. This session will last 50 minutes, and payment of £35 will need to be made by bank transfer prior to us meeting. After this meeting you may decide if you would like to book further sessions, which would usually be on a weekly basis at a fee of £60 per week.
I am mindful that for many people the financial element of psychotherapy can be challenging, and that the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak have lead to a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Please do let me know if this applies to you, as I do also offer a limited number of lower cost places.
I work in central Bristol at "The Bristol Talking Therapy Rooms" located in Redcliffe just a short walk away from Temple Meads station.
I also work from two locations in Bath: the Widcombe Therapy Room which is a 5 minute walk from Bath Spa train station, as well as at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) building in the centre of the city.
During the current situation we find ourselves in regarding the coronavirus outbreak, I am able to offer all sessions online.