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I am a BACP senior accredited Psychotherapist / Counsellor/ Supervisor and Accredited EMDR Practitioner . I offer online therapy via video, telephone, instant messaging or email to enable you to access therapy from anywhere in the country. Online therapy also offers you the opportunity to create your own space for appointments.
I have been in private practice for 12 years and have a wealth of professional experience covering a wide range of issues. I am dedicated to helping you find a way past what holds you back in life, working collaboratively, with compassion and care to help you reach your potential through a process of growth and change.
My work is fully supervised and I consider myself to be caring, supportive and ethical. I am passionate about helping you to help yourself improve your wellbeing, recognise your potential and make the life changes you desire.
My work is underpinned by the Person-Centered Approach and as an experienced practitioner I integrate different approaches including CBT, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy to enable you to gain the most benefit from therapy.
I am a Trauma specialist and offer EMDR (Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprosessing) Therapy to help you process Trauma and PTSD. EMDR Therapy does not require you to discuss your trauma in detail and is a comprehensive therapeutic approach with the goal of reducing distress in the shortest period of time.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), is a clinical treatment developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR is effective in treating individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences. EMDR is also used to treat symptoms which are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.
In addition to being a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, I am also a qualified Coach. I work in Private Practice helping you achieve your potential in areas related to career, self-development and confidence. Many of my skills as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist transfer well into my coaching work, which is concerned with helping you achieve change in your life. Recognising your potential, promoting your growth, overcoming self-limiting behaviour patterns are some of the areas I work in.
Coaching can help you to achieve your true potential, set practical and achievable goals, develop new skills, identify and maximise strengths, develop a greater understanding of your values and how to create a sense of meaning and purpose in your life.
Coaching offers leverage points for growth and works well if you have the desire to learn and develop. In some situations, therapy may be more appropriate and sometimes a balance of coaching and therapy is more effective. The type of approach would be discussed prior to commencing any work together. Working collaboratively with me you will feel accepted and valued and able to make the decisions that will enhance your well-being.
Whether personal or professional coaching will help you to manage change positively. In my experience, it is important to find the right coach, as the professional relationship is key to success. I aim to help you to empower yourself to meet and exceed your personal and professional goals.
I am passionate about therapist development and growth. My work is dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible experience from supervision.
Supervision offers time to reflect and discuss your client work, enabling you to improve your practice and help clients to reach their desired outcomes.. It also enables you to explore your own thoughts, feelings, behaviours and approach to your client work.
As professionals we continually acquire knowledge and skills and develop our personal, professional and ethical capacity. My aim is to help you feel supported in your exploration of both your work and yourself.
Supervision with me will offer you the opportunity to step back and reflect on your work. It will be a collaborative process, that will give you the chance to engage in the search for improved professional self-confidence and improved client relationships.
Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times you might look for support in facing them. My role is to provide a collaborative relationship to help you on your path of self-discovery, enabling you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
The sessions offer you a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives – and perhaps a new understanding of yourself.
My approach to therapy is person-centred, which means it is a non-judgmental way of guiding you through life’s challenges. I aim to create a trusting relationship where you feel supported and able to make progress towards your desired outcomes.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with addiction
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Issues relating to sexuality
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Problems with family or school life
I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor.
One of the main bodies overseeing the accreditation and registration of counsellors and psychotherapists in the United Kingdom is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, which means I have met their advanced criteria for qualified and experienced therapists and work in accordance with their ethical framework. I am also a fully qualified and accredited EMDR Therapy practitioner. My qualifications include First Class BA(Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an Advanced Diploma in CBT.
I am registered with the ICO (DATA PROTECTION REGISTRATION – ICO Reference: Z3650673) and I have an enhanced DBS certificate.
Prior to your first online session I will send you the necessary documents via secure email. You will receive an Agreement/Assessment document for completion and signing to protect confidentiality and comply with GDPR. At the first appointment we discuss what you would like to achieve from therapy and explore your options. Sessions are dedicated to helping you explore your difficulties and find appropriate ways to move forward and reach your desired outcomes.
We would meet each week or on a schedule which would enable you to get the most benefit from your sessions. Brief or long-term work can be offered depending on the nature of your problems. You might find that just a few sessions are enough to help you. It is your choice how many sessions you decide to have, and I am also able to help you make this decision.
If you are having EMDR therapy protocols and procedures are involved in this type of therapy and there will be a preparation phase to be completed before any processing or eye movement is undertaken. This would be fully explained and discussed at the first session. The number of sessions you require would depend on your response to the treatment and this would be regularly reviewed and discussed.
Session Fees: £65.00 per hour for talking therapy. £75.00 per hour for EMDR Therapy. Supervision for therapists £70 per hour. £70.00 per hour for coaching. I am registered with BUPA, AVIVA, AXAHealth & WPA and am able to make direct claims from these providers for your session fees.
My working hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9am – 3.30pm.
Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and – hopefully – resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks the understanding of the problem improves and away forward becomes clear. Therapy often describes work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Therapy often requires a long-term approach, so the number of sessions can be open-ended.
Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling works well as an ongoing, longer-term option – or therapy can manage to resolve an issue in just a few sessions.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private – this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.
How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people a couple of sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach.
Before we begin any work we can agree on the number of sessions we’ll undertake, and at the end of that number review your progress. As long as we both agree further therapy will be of benefit to you, sessions can continue.
My aim is to offer a first appointment – known as an initial assessment – within 1-2 weeks. Then we would arrange sessions, that are convenient for you and where I have availabiity. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on availability.