I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space in which to explore your difficulties and current distress. I have considerable experience in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, low self esteem, anger, relationship difficulties, bereavement, loss, addictions, emotional eating and all aspects of perinatal mental health including birth trauma.
I offer short and long term counselling and my training in psychotherapy enables me to work in depth with issues. My core training is Transactional Analysis psychotherapy and as a psychotherapist I offer a integrative approach which means I work with a number of psychotherapeutic approaches dependant on individuals psychotherapy needs.
I am a fully trained trauma informed therapist and am able to deliver EMDR.
I have had many years experience as a health care professional (Registered Nurse, Midwife, Counsellor and Psychotherapist) enabling me to understand the complexity we experience in our lives and the importance of trusting relationships in which to explore ourselves and find new meaning.
I am a registered with the UKCP
I am a Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy), and am bound by its code of ethics. I am also a member of the Metanoia Institute and adhere to the code of ethics of EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis)
I have a MSc in Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I am also a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA). I have a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
I have a BSc (Health Studies) having worked in health care services for over 25 years
I have had extended training in Couples counselling and additional qualifications in Couples work, Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, CBT and Group work.
I have worked for a number of counselling settings dealing with issues such as depression, relationship difficulties, anxiety and stress.
My counselling experience has included working with drug and alcohol agencies where I counselled individuals to address their difficulties with substances. I also facilitated alcohol and drug relapse prevention groups to enable clients to develop the skills necessary to control their addictive behaviour.
I have worked as a counsellor for a Hospice Counselling Service supporting people with life limiting conditions and health challenges as well as the bereaved. I have been in Private Practice for a number of years.
I have completed training in EMDR - a specific technique for addressing trauma. I am able to offer this trauma focused treatment for a wide range of trauma presentations.
I have also worked for an NHS psychological service providing group therapy for depression, anxiety and related issues.
I have worked as a specialist psychotherapist for a perinatal counselling service and I am able to work with the complexities of pregnancy, loss and birth trauma.
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.