In 1989, I completed a Masters degree in Counselling & Psychology. This included a study of peer group counselling for bereaved teenagers, later published in the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. Manchester University also published a pamphlet I wrote at that time on different understandings of group therapy.
In 1999, I took a second Masters degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, which included a psychoanalytic study of how people remain hopeful in the face of difficult circumstances. An article based on this, "The Jewel in Pandora's Box - hope and despair in the therapeutic setting," was published in the BACP Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal. Shortly after that, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in the Supervision of Counselling. I also took part about that time as Clinical Supervisor in a national study into the use of Supportive Listening with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), which was based at Manchester and Liverpool Universities. More recently I have completed the Relate Diploma in Relationship Counselling, the ISAT Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling, and the Certificate in Psychosexual Studies at Tavistock Relationships.
I believe in the need for maintaining professional awareness and for constant professional development and regularly attend seminars and training days relevant to my work. I am currently studying for the Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy with Tavistock Relationships.
I offer an initial session of up to 50 minutes for a nominal charge of £30. This gives opportunity for both client and counsellor to weigh each other up and decide whether working together could be helpful. Regular sessions are all for 50 minutes, and my fee is £65.
For supervisees I charge £65 for a 60 minute session. I again offer an initial exploratory session for £30.