I am a qualified psychotherapist offering psychotherapy and counselling to both individuals and couples. I have experience working in the NHS as a psychotherapist but now work in private practice. I have an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and I am a full clinical member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I am an approved psychotherapist for BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) which is a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited training centre.
I believe it is crucial to create an environment where you can feel safe to talk, somewhere that you can bring all of yourself.
I provide a confidential and non-judgmental space where we can explore your feelings, motivations, anxieties and fears, where I can really hear what it feels like to be you.
Counselling tends to focus on a specific problem or problems. It is an opportunity for you to be really listened to and discuss your problems with someone outside of your situation. We work together to find a resolution to the things you are struggling with. Counselling involves weekly fifty minute sessions over a limited period, generally varying from six weeks to six months.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore ourselves, to understand why we have become the people that we are. In relationship with a therapist we are able to look at the way we relate to others, explore our motivations and behaviours and so understand ourselves and our relationships. Psychotherapy involves once (or more) weekly fifty minute sessions over an extended period of time.
Areas which I have lots of experience working with, include sexual abuse, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, negative feelings about oneself ranging from low self-esteem to self-loathing and a sense of ‘badness’ at the core of oneself, sexual problems, overeating, inability to form or maintain close relationships, loneliness, rejection, loss including bereavement, divorce and relationship breakdown.
A problem or crisis in our relationship can feel extremely traumatic and painful. Couples therapy is a chance to understand how these problems have arisen, for the couple to begin to learn to communicate, to hear and be heard. Often couples can feel angry, stuck, and disappointed with each other. They can feel blamed, intruded upon and ignored. Couples therapy is an opportunity to express these feelings and have them understood. Couples therapy involves weekly fifty minute sessions. The duration of the work depends on the nature of the problem.