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Last updated: 29 Apr 2020
I am an Accredited member of the BACP with a private practice in St. Albans (AL4), providing both short term and long term counselling for individuals 18+ and couples.
I have many years’ experience working in the mental health sector and a sound knowledge of mental health issues.
Both my core training and my couples counselling training were Integrative, which means that my work is informed by various theoretical approaches and I am able to draw on these according to individual needs.
In terms of one to one work, my main influences are taken from the Humanistic and Psychodynamic traditions, but I am also able to draw on CBT principles where appropriate.
My training as a couples counsellor incorporated Psychodynamic, Systemic and Psychosexual approaches and I draw on these in my work with couples.
I work from home and provide a calm, reflective space where you can talk freely, without fear of being judged. I work in a way that is respectful and responsive to your individual needs. I endeavour to listen actively and to be interested in and curious about you. I want to understand what has brought you to therapy and what you wish to address. My aim is always to try to understand the world from your point of view and to help you find your own meanings and ways through the difficulties you are encountering, such that you feel more able to make more informed choices about your life and your relationships.
In terms of experience, I worked previously as a counsellor for an organisation that had AQP (Any Qualified Provider) status and received referrals from local GP surgeries, and prior to this as a counsellor for both Mind in Mid Herts and Herts Mind Network (HMN). During my time with HMN, I also worked part-time as a Vocational Adviser, facilitating people with mental health issues to either retain work or to return to work, perhaps via education, training or voluntary work. This work encompassed dealing with work-related stress, relationship and organisational issues as well as general emotional and mental health issues.
Areas of interest
Anxiety and panic attacks; depression and low mood; relationship difficulties; family problems; bereavement and loss; major life changes; coping with major medical conditions/illnesses; low self-esteem and lack of confidence; identity issues; managing anger; stress and work place and career issues; lack of motivation and direction; loneliness/isolation/lack of connectedness; feeling that life has no meaning.
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling Minster Centre 2012
- Diploma in Couples Counselling CCPE 2017
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling Roehampton University 1999
- BA (Hons) in Community and Criminal Justice/Diploma in Probation Studies De Montfort University 2002
Affiliations / memberships
Accredited member of BACP since 2015