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About me and my therapy practice
I work mainly with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, although occasionally I see family members or couples. Currently I'm working with people on a face to face basis only, although this may change if the covid situation worsens during the winter.
After many years' experience I'm proud to describe myself as an integrative therapist. I draw on a number of different theoretical approaches to therapy, adapting them so far as possible to suit the particular personality, circumstances and needs of each person I see. Broadly these include, person-centred and cognitive behavioural therapy together with some of the insights from psychodynamic approaches. During my early working life I was a Chartered Psychologist, teaching and researching in mental health. Psychological principles underpin my counselling today and, in over twenty years, I've met and worked with a great variety of people.
My main aim is to provide a safe, confidential, comfortable, yet professional, space where each person can talk about what is troubling them without feeling pressure or judgement. Wherever possible, I like to work in collaboration with the client, agreeing together on what needs to be done to tackle the challenges and difficulties they have. Generally this involves agreeing on a number of counselling sessions after which we review progress and decide on a future way forward.
I'm based in Derby about three miles North of the city centre. I can generally offer counselling appointments within about a week of first enquiry, although occasionally this can be slightly longer, especially for someone who needs an evening appointment.
My sessions are face to face and last approximately 55 minutes each. Payment is due at the end of each session.
My first session
First sessions generally last 55 minutes, although they can sometimes take a little longer, so please allow up to an hour and fifteen minutes for your first appointment. There is no extra charge if the session overruns.
At a first meeting, as always, I try to make the atmosphere open and friendly so that people feel able to talk freely. My first job is to get a clear impression of a person's main difficulties and their background and context. Meanwhile the new client can learn more about me and gain a feel for what coming to counselling would be like. I'm always happy to answer questions.
At the first session practical issues, such as confidentiality and the keeping of boundaries, will be discussed and agreed.
By the end of the session it's generally possible to agree on what are the most pressing issues in a person's life and perhaps where to focus first in our future work together. We can then plan further sessions accordingly and review progress regularly.
On the other hand some people are just looking for the chance to talk things through with an empathic and understanding listener and don't have particular problems to address methodically. This is absolutely fine of course. There is never any pressure to work in a methodical way if this is not what you need.
If you are unsure you're very welcome to book for a single session with absolutely no obligation to continue work with me.
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, CBT, Eclectic, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited