Skilled and compassionate humanistic clinical psychotherapist, psychotherapeutic counsellor, supervisor, with a special interest in Gestalt therapy, with over 30 years experience of working as a therapist, in a wide range of settings. I practice in consulting rooms in: Trowbridge, Frome, Bradford on Avon and Bath.
* My style is active, involved and I enjoy working in relational depth
*I communicate with clients in a clear and direct way without jargon or theorising, in a spirit of authenticity and kindness
*I value warmth, creativity and imagination
*I am passionate about my work and have a social conscience
*I practice from therapy rooms in: Trowbridge, Frome, Bradford-on-Avon.
I have enjoyed a full and rich life myself and have encountered many significant challenges along the way! I, therefore, have a wealth of life experience to draw upon. I endeavour to ‘live in good faith with myself’ (being true to myself) whilst enjoying supporting others to do the same. I believe life is full of both joy and pain: 'We must decide if we want to stay where we are or if we want to get to the other side of pain and live a full and purposeful life. That’s how you find the joy' (G Aldred).
In order to 'get to the other side' we require, amongst other factors, good awareness of ourselves and others (needs, wishes, fears and life dreams), acceptance and respect. Fundamental to forming and maintaining fulfilling relationships.
The therapy I offer provides the opportunity for increasing self awareness, in the context of an accepting and supportive relationship with myself as your therapist. I help facilitate my clients ability to make informed, wise life choices.
I provide a safe space and therapeutic help in order for you and your partner:
*to complete and resolve unfinished disputes and conflicts in a healthy and respectful way,
*to fully express your unmet needs, dreams and desires to each other
*to develop greater emotional/relational literacy
*to gain deeper awareness around the fundamental dynamics within your relationship which is potentially life changing for you and your family.
*find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.'
How I deliver therapy
Time limited and long-term face-to-face counselling/psychotherapy, telephone counselling, via the internet:
Training, qualifications and experience
Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy, 2005, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy: accredited course),
Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Counselling, 1995, University of Bristol, (British Association for Counselling: accredited course)
Diploma in Occupational Therapy, 1987 (London)
I have been working therapeutically with individuals, couples and groups within a broad range of clinical settings, within the National Health Service (and Health Services in Australia), for thirty years; including employment as: a clinical psychotherapist/ counsellor, and Mental Health case manager, within a GP practice for over a decade.
I also have experience of teaching and managing teams of therapists, working as a consultant employed by a Primary Care Trust: representing counsellors in primary care - NHS counselling/therapy services.
Private practice: 14 years experience, Providing: counselling, psychotherapy, clinical supervision to qualified therapists and team building for NHS professionals. Facilitating an ongoing supervision group for counsellor's at the University of Bath. Contracts with Employment Assistance Providers e.g. providing therapy to BBC employees.
Currently a Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), previously accredited for 11 years with BACP.
I have worked with hundreds of counselling/psychotherapy clients in supervised practice. I am particularly interested in developing my work with couples and have 17 years of recent NHS specialist experience as a therapist working with people suffering from long term pain.