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About me and my therapy practice
I am a BACP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, with nearly 30 years' experience, who worked in frontline NHS services (Hospitals and GP Surgeries) for the majority of my career, and now works exclusively in Private Practice. The three issues I am most proficient in treating are anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. (I count myself in the number of people I have helped out of those dark places.)
I chose an Integrative training because I am curious and open-minded about what works, and because research has proven that no one theory is in fact more effective than the others. The effectiveness of therapy depends on the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and, I would argue, the experience of the Therapist.
I meet people from very different cultural backgrounds and life stages, with different belief and value systems, so, for me, it is imperative to have a versatile tool kit.
Years of practice have helped me hone a rather idiosyncratic, very authentic and collaborative way of being with my Clients, and the Integrative approach I use offers a useful choice of intervention points.
If you come to me - whether remotely or in person - you will be heard and taken seriously.
You will never be judged and no assumptions will ever be made about you. Everything you say will be treated with utmost respect and held in absolute confidence.
Together, we will rediscover the inner power you somehow lost along your way, and we will harness it to face the battle ahead. You will remember or learn how to become more robust and adaptive. And hopefully you will emerge as the hero or heroine of your life, versus the wounded victim you felt when we first met.
I like to see Clients in my study at home, because it is a calm and soothing place, which encourages self-reflection. It is basically full of books and plants - two of my favourite things. In winter we put the fire on, and in summer the sun shines through the garden window. It is a safe, confidential and serene space which I enjoy sharing with other humans. I like to think it fosters hope.
However, I also conduct sessions via Zoom: I have long-term Clients all over the world. My study is just a backdrop to them, but it still seems to inspire similar values.
My first session
My first session is an assessment - of you - and me - to see if we are compatible and happy to work with each other.
After years of experience, I have formulated my own assessment protocol - a series of questions, which will give me a good idea of who you are and what you need from therapy.
Of course the space is always open to feedback and your own questions. I am very much myself in sessions. I do not put on a mask or act differently from the person I am in daily life. You will know straight away if I am right for you.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling