I am a fully qualified accredited and registered Counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). My initial training was Person Centred and Integrative and I have worked in private practice since 1999. I have experience as an Employee Work Based Counsellor and I work in this capacity with local governments and other agencies on a freelance basis. I have a background of thirty years in Social Work which has been mostly within the field of mental health and related services.
I have recently completed the final clinical year of training in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute which is a Mindfulness based approach to Psychotherapy. I am currently offering concessional rates in this approach as i work towards accreditation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists. My intention is to offer a safe, accepting, and confidential space where you are supported to explore any difficulties and issues that are troubling to you. My practice is held within a non-judgemental and caring relationship, whereby I will help you in finding your own way of working within an environment of mutual trust and respect.
Training, Qualifications & Experience
Core Process Psychotherapy is the original Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy training in the UK. It is fully accredited by UKCP in affiliation with Middlesex University. It integrates Buddhist Psychology with Western personality theory and psychotherapeutic skills, which are used to support and expand this understanding.
Core Process Psychotherapy falls within the umbrella of humanistic psychotherapies which is recognised by the UKCP (Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC).
As a senior trainee of Core Process Psychotherapy I will be working to obtain accreditation with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am having regular and ongoing clinical supervision for both Counselling and Psychotherapy as per the required ethical requirements, and I abide by both the UKCP and BACP code of ethics.
Areas of Psychotherapy and Counselling That I Work With
I am interested in working with a range of life difficulties that we can face, which includes: anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, life transitions such as leaving home for the first time, changes in career direction, children leaving home, retirement, sudden and life-threatening illness, loss of coping at work, bereavement.
I have personal and professional experience of working with dementia sufferers and their carers and I am aware of the challenges people face in this area. I am interested in the visual and performing arts and how Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy can assist in the creative process.
Though my Psychotherapy approach is informed by Buddhist understanding there is no requirement for you to have, nor to embrace, any understanding of Buddhism or any other religious, philosophical or spiritual outlook.
I offer a free initial meeting for Core Process Psychotherapy where you can bring any questions you may have about the work and talk through what your needs are. This also provides us both with the opportunity to decide whether we can work together or if I am the right therapist for you. You are welcome to contact me to arrange a free initial meeting.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to book a session.
I abide by the Karuna Institute Code of Ethics. A copy is available upon request.