I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1986 and worked for many years in both the NHS and the private sector. While working for the NHS I completed my counselling training in 1999 and CBT training in 2008. I work integratively, drawing on person-centred, CBT, systemic and psychodynamic approaches. I offer individual and couple counselling and CBT treatment. I also offer counselling supervision and am a Relate qualified relationship counsellor.
The person-centred approach is based on empathy, honesty and acceptance. I also use CBT techniques, which can help those who prefer a more proactive approach in which goals are set, the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviour are explored, and feedback is given. CBT is particularly helpful for difficulties which have anxiety and negative thinking at their core, for example panic attacks and low self esteem.
This is what some of my clients have said about me and the work we have done together:
"You have given me my life back - I am me again."
"You have made a great difference and given me a different perspective on my circumstances."
"Not everything is perfect, but I have learned to live with imperfections, and I am very happy."
I also offer telephone and email counselling and carry out home visits for those who are unable to travel."
An area that I am particularly interested in is working with survivors of abuse, whether it is emotional, sexual or physical; this includes those who have been subjected to domestic violence and bullying in any setting. I find that people who have been subjected to abuse often have low self-esteem and feelings of guilt and shame, so I focus on helping to develop a sense of compassion and forgiveness towards oneself.
Training and qualifications
BA (Hons) in Social Administration 1981
Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) 1986
Certificate in Dynamic Psychology of Counselling 1988
Diploma in Counselling 1999 (BACP accredited course)
Fundamentals in CBT Theory and Practice 2006
Conceptual Frameworks and Evidence Based Methods in CBT 2007
Cognitive Behavioural Couples Therapy 2016
Relate Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling 2017