Throughout my working life I have been involved in enabling people to grow and change. Prior to training as a psychotherapist, my background was in Human Resources management.
I am a professionally qualified counsellor, psychotherapist (PTSTA (P)), supervisor and trainer , established in private practice for more than fourteen years.
I am a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am bound by and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
My knowledge and skills have developed through my psychotherapeutic work in private practice, as a counsellor in the NHS, as a bereavement counsellor, as an adoption counsellor for Barnardo's and in a corporate setting as a redundancy and outplacement counsellor. I believe that there is always something new to learn working in this field and make a regular commitment to on-going professional development and clinical supervision.
I work as a clinical supervisor to counselling and psychotherapy students as well as offering supervision within my private practice to trainees, more experienced practitioners, supervisors and other health care professionals. Please refer to the supervision page for further details.
I work with clients from the age of 18 on an individual basis and with couples, dealing with a wide range of issues. The length of time clients work with me varies according to the needs of each person and includes both longer term psychotherapeutic work as well as short term solution focused counselling. In broad terms,short term counselling will typically be 6 - 12 sessions whilst working psychotherapeutically at greater depth will take longer.
My Personal Approach
I am trained in the Humanistic and Transactional Analysis (TA) models of counselling and psychotherapy and practice relational psychotherapy.
Put simply, TA is a model which focuses on how we interact with others as well as how we see see ourselves, others and the world. By reflecting on our thinking, feeling and behaviours we can address those aspects which are blocking us from being able to address current difficulties or perhaps from achieving our potential.
I will share this knowledge with you where it would be helpful, to enable you to develop tools that you can use in everyday life beyond the completion of our work.
I make a regular commitment to my continuing professional development.
Codes of Practice and Membership of Professional Bodies
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists I am bound by their Ethical Framework of Practice and Disciplinary Code of Conduct which can be viewed by visiting www.bacp.co.uk
A Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and bound by their Code of Practice which can be viewed by visiting www.cipd.co.uk
A member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). www.psychotherapy.org.uk
A member of the UK Association of Transactional Analysis. www.uktransactionalanalysis.co.uk