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I have been practising as a psychotherapist and counsellor since 1999 and I work with clients who are struggling with all kinds of emotional difficulties and life issues. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but includes addiction, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, eating disorders, psycho-sexual issues, stress, relationship problems, work related issues, life-span struggles, etc.
I have particular knowledge and expertise in the field of addiction, including drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex and eating disorders, and provide support to the family members/partners of people living with addiction.
I am also a qualified Attachment-based therapist and work with clients to understand their individual backgrounds and how this may have impacted on the way they relate. How we are brought up can me the root-cause of many problems, such as anxiety and depression. Understanding this is the beginning and then working towards changing this in the here-and-now.
Finding a therapist can be very confusing as there are so many people available, all of whom appear to be offering the same thing. Therefore, it is important to have an initial session with someone to make sure you feel comfortable with them and they are the right person for you. This relationship will be key to being able to explore whatever issues you are dealing with.
One of the biggest fears for a client can be the idea that you will be seeing someone for a very long time. This will be a very individual decision. I am qualified in both short-term and long-term work and I will work with the client to decide what is best for them. I also do regular reviews with the client.
The first half of my working life was spent in television and video production. I changed directions in 1996 to pursue a career in the caring professions, both as a senior manager and counsellor/psychotherapist, working for the NHS, The Priory, RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners), GamCare and The Seventy4 Foundation (previously known as The Drug and Alcohol Foundation).
I have a Masters in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy. I have been practising for 23 years. I started off with a general training in a wide-spectrum of clinical orientations, so draw upon many different models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic and Humanistic therapies.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics. As a psychotherapist registered with UKCP, I have to embark on continual professional development on an annual basis, so attend many courses throughout the year to keep my skills up-to-date.
Areas of interest
I provide individual psychotherapy for people struggling with a range of issues, including:- Addiction; Anger Management; Anxiety; Bereavement and loss; Depression; Eating disorders; Mental health problems; Psycho-sexual issues; Relationship problems; Self-esteem issues; Stress; Work related issues etc.
I have particular experience and expertise in working with addiction problems, including:- Drugs; Alcohol; Gambling; Sex and eating disorders.
I also work as an attachment-based therapist, looking at how early childhood has influenced the way you relate in adulthood.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Attachment-Based Therapy
- Master of Arts in Psychotherapy and Counselling The University of Sheffield 2004
- Certificate in Supervision Centre for Supervision & Team Development 2011
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy (Distinction) Wimbledon Guild 2016
- Bachelor of Science University College London 1996
Affiliations / memberships
UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (Accredited)
British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (Member)