I aim to create a genuine, safe and non-judgemental space in which you can express and explore your thoughts and feelings, and move towards being more fully yourself.
It is rare to feel fully understood and accepted without judgement, and my aim in therapy is to foster relationships which are unique and fully human, in which hopeful change is possible. I believe you are the best authority on your own life, and I shall value your autonomy throughout as an ethical principle.
My approach is built on person-centred philosophy, which affirms the unique ways people live and find meaning. I believe it is possible, within an authentic, valuing and empathetic environment, to become more fully in tune with yourself and your body, to move closer towards developing your potential, and to feel that you are living a fuller life.
I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and am undergoing training in focussing. I bring all these perspectives to my work with you.
I work with adults, and have worked with ages ranging from 18 – 80s. I welcome clients of all backgrounds, sexualities and gender identifications. I do not undertake conversion therapy.
Please note at present I offer online sessions or telephone counselling.
Fees and availability
Research shows that the relationship between therapist and client is key to successful therapy, so it's important that you find the right therapist for you. I aim to provide space in our initial session for you to ask questions, get a feel for how I work and see if we're a good fit.
Short-term therapy usually lasts between 6 and 12 sessions. Medium and long term work may last for 6 months and longer. The number of sessions depend on what feels right for you. I offer an initial meeting, without any obligation to continue, for you to explore this and other questions.
£50 for an initial telephone or online session
£60 per following telephone or online session
£70 per following face to face session
I offer student and concessionary rates starting at £50 per session
The fee is due by BACS at least 24 hrs prior to a session in order to secure it.
Sessions last for fifty minutes and are held at the same time each week. Fees are due on a weekly basis unless you give me notice of cancellation in advance, as per our agreement. If you can't make a planned session, I will try to offer you an alternative time in the same week in order to maintain contact.
I am available daytime and evenings, Mon-Tues
Working with a therapist can give you the chance to explore your thoughts and feelings from a new perspective. By doing so, it may be possible for you to find deeper understanding, acceptance and clarity, a greater trust in yourself, and physical and mental integration.
As a counselling psychologist I am trained in a number of psychological perspectives but at its core my approach is based on attending to the whole of you as you make sense of your world, offering an environment in which you can be who you are, whatever you bring in that moment, in which you are fully seen and welcomed, and in which deep healing can occur.
The Person-Centred Approach developed from the work of the psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers. He advanced an approach to psychotherapy and counselling that, at the time, was considered extremely radical, viewing persons not as faulty or in deficit but as having the potential to grow in creative and more fully functioning directions. Please have a look at the Person Centred Association website for further details:
The records I hold are subject to the General Data Protection Regulations 2018, which gives clients the right to access personal data held about them.
Details about the information I process
The following is a broad description of the way I process personal information.
Reasons/purposes for processing information
• To accurately identify you and thereby safely and confidentially process your referral
• To communicate with other mental health and medical professionals in the support of your care if necessary
• To identify all of the factors relevant to your presenting issue so I can offer you the best support
Type/classes of information processed
I process information relevant to the above reasons/purposes. This information may include:
personal history and presenting issue
family, lifestyle and social circumstances
employment and education details
I also process sensitive classes of information that may include:
physical or mental health details
racial or ethnic origin
religious or other beliefs of a similar nature
offences and alleged offence.
Who the information is processed about
I process personal information about
Who the information may be shared with
I sometimes need to share the personal information I process with the individual themselves and also with other organisations. What follows is a description of the types of organisations I may need to share some of the personal information I process with for one or more reasons.
Where necessary or required I share information with:
social and welfare organisations
financial organisations (in the case of health insurance providers)