- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
About me and my therapy practice
I firmly believe that everyone can go through periods where things seem insurmountable. It may be that life has become difficult only very recently or that you've realised you have been struggling to cope over the longer term.
Nevertheless, it is often the very meanings we give to these situations that has caused us problems or feelings of distress. We may have learnt unhelpful ways of coping with distressing feelings, which in the longer term seem to maintain our levels of distress.
I aim to offer a safe and affirming space where you can make sense of your difficulties, so as to help you get unstuck and importantly, to move forward towards positive change. Our work together is, therefore, orientated to generating greater understanding of your difficulties and hence to increase compassion for yourself.
At present, I am completing my doctoral training in Counselling Psychology. I hold Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society and within that Divisional Membership of the Counselling Psychology Section. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and a published academic author.
My background in academic psychology and counselling allows me to draw upon evidence-based interventions to guide my practice. I combine assessment skills, as well as interview, questionnaire and psychometric tools to assess for current mental health symptoms and functioning. I use this information to formulate maintaining factors and suggest treatment options. In adopting a relational approach, however, I believe these factors are best understood within the context of our lives and earlier experiences and hence will pay careful attention to how the therapeutic relationship may mirror past or current conflicts.
I work within CBT, humanistic and psychodynamic therapies. I am currently in the latter stages of a doctoral qualification in psychology.
I run an evidence-based psychological consultancy, integrating insights from both psychological research and counselling, in order to support recovery from mental distress.
My first session
Coming to therapy can be a daunting experience and it is understandable to feel anxious or unsure. One way to alleviate any excess apprehension may be to understand what our first session might typically involve...
Our first session will be a chance to meet each other, either in person, or via Skype. I am to make this a relaxed, safe and welcoming space where you can talk about your difficulties in confidence. This will typically involved hearing a little bit from you about the reasons for your desire to begin therapy, including some details regarding your history and current difficulties.
From this, together, we will make an initial plan of how to go forward with our sessions, including supporting you to identify a number of goals for our sessions. There will be opportunity to ask me questions regarding my approach and to agree a therapeutic contract. I look forward to meeting you.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited