I first came to therapy to heal my own wounds. As the eldest daughter of a schizophrenic mother and depressed father, I took up the role of carer in the family.
Then, as a teenager, I came across R D Laing, who believed that psychosis resulted from conflicting expectations of families and friends, which could lead to immense mental distress. I found this a refreshing alternative to the scary mental institutions my mother had endured.
I entered therapy in my thirties and again became interested in theory. Gestalt attracted me as it assumes we are all inclined to wholeness, well-being and health, and by focussing on these, we can find our full potential.
I was drawn to Gestalt as it offered creative ways of working and concentrated on the here-and-now relationship between therapist and client.
Having grown up in poverty, I was determined to deliver free or low-cost therapy services to the more disadvantaged in society. I have always combined my private practice with working for charities:
I now work exclusively in private practice providing therapy and supervision. I work with adults and couples with a broad range of issues using a Gestalt orientation and incorporating the many varied trainings I have undergone over the years.
I specialise in trauma.I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of issues.
*Senior Accredited supervisor, registered member of BACP
*Registered UKCP and abide by their code of ethics.
Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.
Initial assessment - £55 - 50 minute session
Individual counselling or psychotherapy : £55- 50 minute session
Couple Counselling: £65- 50 minute session
EMDR is charged at £75 - 50 minute session .
Single Session Therapy 90 minutes - £150
*Life Coaching 2000
*Brief Solution Therapy 1992
*Transcultural Counselling 1993
*Addiction Counselling 1993
*Social Work Practice Teacher 1995
*Trauma & Anxiety 2018
*Trauma & Dissassociation 2013
*Trauma and Neurobiology 2014
*Neurobiology & Psychotherapy 2019
*Psychotherapy and Shamanism 2019
*Working with Sexuality 2020
*Working Online - OU 2020
*Spirituality in Psychotherapy 2021
*Relational Psychotherapy 2021
*Avoidant Attachment 2022
*Senior Accredited BACP Supervisor
MSc.Psychotherapy (Middlesex) (1998)
Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy (GPTI) (1998)
Diploma in Counselling (CSCT) (1992)
Diploma Integrative Clinical Supervision
(Minster Centre) (1997)
BACP Accredited Supervisor (2010)
EMDR Level III (2008)
Certificate in Coaching (2001)
Gestalt in Organisations - 2021
Director of Services at The Minster Centre - low cost and free services to local community, domestic violence, Asylum seekers.
Supervisor Bristol University Counselling Service
Director Bromley Community Counselling Service
Director Time & Talents Community Centre
Director of Services The Blenheim Project
The Priory - Psychotherapist
People come to me for help in 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 registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ref no: ZA171717)
I will not use your data to contact you for other purposes than therapy or, unless you have asked me to do otherwise.
The contents of the sessions are confidential between us. I have my supervision, and I will not identify you through that process. I keep minimal data on you, including name, contact details, GP name and address, and any medication you may be taking. In addition, I keep short notes on each session. Should you and I discover a need to communicate with other professionals, this will usually proceed with seeking your written permission and knowledge of the issues. The exceptions to seeking your consent would be if I were concerned that there may be a possibility of harm to yourself or another, in the case of treason, or that I am obliged by law to break confidentiality.
All data is securely stored. Emails and contact numbers are stored electronically, and all are password protected. Notes of sessions are held on paper and stored in a secure locked cabinet. Once you finish working with me, I will delete electronic data. I will keep paper records.t for six years in line with contract law. I will use your phone, text or email numbers to contact you regarding appointments and reply if you get in touch with me. I can do this through secure email, which is end-to-end encrypted.
You have the right to be informed of the data I keep, and you have the right to access it. You have the right to rectify the information if you feel it is inaccurate. You have the right to erase the data and restrict the data processing. I will not process your data in any way. You have the right to transfer the data to another organisation or therapist, and you have the right to object to the content.
You have the right to ask for your data to be handed back or to view them, and I will respond to such a request within one month. There is no fee for this. Should there be any data breach, I am obliged to inform Information Commissioners Office.
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