My Integrative practice, values and orientation have developed organically through over 38 years experience in mental health and substance misuse settings and private practice as well as through my training. I draw on a number of approaches including Object Relations and Attachment Theory from the Psychodynamic tradition, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Person Centred and Bodywork from a Humanistic perspective, and am informed by more recent developments in the field of Trauma and Neuroscience. I am more interested in connections than divisions between therapeutic approaches. Fostering and actively working with the Therapeutic Relationship is for me the central integrating principle of therapy.
I am happy to work with people who contact me directly, via referral from their GP or other professional or through a family member. A first session is an opportunity to see how we get on and ensure that we are both comfortable to make an agreement to work together. I regard emotional distress and difficulty as a normal part of life which sometimes needs addressing in a professional context. We are all potentially vulnerable and we all have our limits. Sometimes we get stuck in patterns of being and relating which are unhelpful to us and which we may need to express, understand and begin to change.
UKCP Reg since 1993
UKCP Reg Supervisor since 2014
Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy Minster Centre, 1991
Diploma Integrative Supervsion Minster Centre, 2004
Foundation Course in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis 1986
BA (Hons) Philosophy and Sociology, University of Sussex 1983
Member of Minster Centre
Co-Director, Core Trainer and Teaching Member, Welsh Psychotherapy Institute, Cardiff (UKCP MO)
Approved Primary Supervisor for Metanoia Institute since 1998
Approved Supervisor for Voluntary Alcohol Counsellors Training Scheme since 1989
I offer Psychotherapy, Counselling, Couple work, Supervision and Training
Specialist Substance Misuse Practice
Group Psychotherapy and Supervision by arrangement
My professional experience began in the mid 80s, within Therapeutic Community and then Mental Health Day Centre settings in East London. I went on to organise Day Care programmes for long term psychiatric patients moving out into group homes in Norfolk and subsequently spent four years working as a therapist within an NHS Community Drug Team in Norwich. I have been solely in Private Practice since 1995, both in East Anglia and from 2002 in Swansea. This has incorporated GP surgery counselling, extensive experience with Employee Assistance Programmes and a universty staff counselling service, providing individual and group therapy for Womens Aid, receiving referrals from an Eating Disorders service, working with clients of a Probation Service on Drug Rehabilitation Orders and working with members of the Deaf Community via Interpreter.
My experience has taught me to be flexible and creative in my approach to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds. At the same time I am acutely aware of the commonalities we all share as human beings.
* I have developed and run numerous training days both privately and for organisations in eg. 'Abusive relationships', 'A Relational Approach to Substance Misuse' 'Working with Eating Disorders' & 'Deafness and Mental Health.'
* I set up and co-ran an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling in East Anglia between 1995 and 2002.
* Since 2010 I have been a staff member of Welsh Psychotherapy Partnerships, Cardiff (now a Member Organisation of UKCP), being Programme Leader for the 'Advanced Diploma in Relational Centred Counselling' and subsequently Programme Leader for Years 2 and 3 Integrative Psychotherapy Diploma.
*I was also External Examiner for a University Counselling Training for 3 years.
My fees are:
£50 per 50 minutes where clients are self-funding.
£60 where organisationally or health insurance funded
£55 for couple work
£50 for supervisionwhere self-funded
£60 where organisationally funded.
Reductions may be negotiated.
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.