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 completed the clinical 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.
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.
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.