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FIND A WAY . . . FIND YOURSELF . . . .
I offer confidential sessions for both individuals and couples, which can either be short-term work on specific problems, or longer-term work on more deep-seated personal issues. I specialise in sexual and relationship difficulties, but am also accustomed to dealing with a wide range of issues, such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, trauma, study or career difficulties, and the psychological and emotional consequences of abuse. I aim to listen to you in a non-judgmental way and to provide a consistent and reliable resource that will enable you to understand and accept yourself better and gain a greater sense of control over your life. Clients say that I am someone with whom it is possible to be at ease and to speak openly about troubling and sensitive matters.
I have over thirty years' experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and am registered as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), as a Senior Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and as an accredited member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity). I am a member of the European Society for Sexual Medicine, a trainee member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, and am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office for the protection of personal data.
I worked for many years in the NHS as Principal Adult Psychotherapist and Senior Counsellor, and before that as a University Counsellor. I am currently a Consultant for the Churches’ Ministerial Counselling Service, which offers counselling to ministers of religion and their spouses. I have also had extensive experience, in both the NHS and private practice, as a clinical supervisor of other counsellors, including trainees.
I believe strongly in equal opportunities for all, and strive to understand differing cultural backgrounds and to maintain an approach that does not discriminate on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.
During the present Coronavirus situation, I am working by Zoom rather than meeting clients face-to-face. This is a mode of therapy that I have used for a number of years and it is possible for effective therapeutic work to take place. I have completed the UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance, and the counselling on-line primer jointly developed by the Open University and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I am currently studying with Online Counselling Services & Training for their OCST4 training programme, "Online counselling," in order to improve my familiarity with this mode of therapy.