I have over 28 years NHS experience working in psychological services in adult mental health. In my private practice I work with a wide variety of concerns, such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, feelings of emptiness, problems with coping, self-destructive patterns of behaviour and lack of confidence.
There are many reasons why you might be thinking about counselling, from dealing with difficult life events to feeling overwhelmed by difficult feelings that seem to have little obvious cause but disrupt your personal life.
You may be considering counselling because you want to understand yourself and your relationships better - either personally or in your workplace; or you may be considering talking about something painful or difficult that you have been struggling with for some time.
The type of therapy I offer provides a safe reliable relationship in which to help you make links between your present difficulties and your past experiences and together we can explore how things might be able to change, or become more bearable.
In the first consultation you have the opportunity to tell me about your concerns and what has brought you to consider counselling, and you can get a sense of how I work. At this stage you may wish to think about what we talked about before you decide whether you feel counselling offers a way forward.
Issues that can be addressed in individual counselling include:
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavements (specialise in complex bereavement), Cultural Issues, Depression, General counselling, Loss, Mental Health Issues, Relationships, Self-Harm, Sexual Difficulties, Transitions in later Life, Trauma, Work related issues and other Personal Concerns.
It can be beneficial to attend counselling as a couple in order to address difficulties between you in a supportive and neutral environment. Couple counselling can help you see your relationship from another viewpoint, and help you to discuss difficult feelings, different values or expectations with the help of a counsellor. To enable you to think together about your relationship and what lies behind your current difficulties, paying attention both to past and present experiences and what you can do to change your situation for the better.
Couples counselling can help you voice your concerns and help you communicate more clearly with each other.
I am experienced in working with both same-sex and heterosexual couples, whether married/in a civil partnership, living together or apart, separated or divorced. I am committed to working respectfully with different cultural or religious beliefs.
The initial consultation will give you the opportunity to explore your problems and decide whether couples counselling would be the way forward for you.
Issues that can be addressed in couple work include:
Deciding whether or not to stay together, Recovering from an affair, Working through the process of separation/divorce, Understanding and managing conflict and disagreement, Sexual difficulties, Parenting concerns, Step-parenting, Impact of a serious illness, Fertility problems, Impact of life events such as bereavement or unemployment.
Professional and State Registrations:
Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP (accred) (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Arts Therapist (drama) HCPC registered (Health and Care Professions Council)
Dramatherapist,Full Member BADTh (British Association of Dramatherapists)
Group Work Practitioner, Associate Member IGA (Institute of Group Analysis)
Services: For Whom: Prices Per Session:
Individual Therapy Adults £50 for individuals
Couple Therapy Older Adults £70 for couples
Open ended Therapy Trainees
T. 07474 30 00 14