Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
I am a registered Psychotherapist with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), having completed an intensive, long-term training course over six years. I’ve also completed supplementary training and a degree in Psychology.
People come to counselling or psychotherapy for varied reasons: feeling under stress, depressed, anxious, or having difficulties in relationships. You might feel stuck in patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving which you seem to be repeating, and want to look at ways of starting to do something differently.
Therapy can be a space to explore what you are seeking in your life – relationally; in work; spiritually and in meaning in life. I see my role as one of assisting your self-reflection, exploration and personal growth. My skill, as I understand it, is in reflecting back to you what I understand is going on for you and helping you to understand yourself better. This is in addition to creating an environment of compassion and acceptance which assists personal exploration.
I work both short and longer-term with clients. I specialise in longer-term work, especially with younger people. During such work the therapeutic relationship can play a big role in helping you to understand yourself and work with your particular patterns. All of us enact patterns in our lives. Once they are seen and named, it’s possible to explore doing something differently. All this needs to be held in an atmosphere of trust, respect, acceptance and thoughtful enquiry.
Shorter-term counselling involves getting help with a particular issue or event in your life. This includes getting support and looking at the issue from different perspectives. It means trying to understand and work with the feelings and needs associated with the issue.
I adhere to ethical guidelines: The British Psychological Society’s Generic Professional Practice Guidelines and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy’s Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct. Guidelines are important but ethical behaviour needs to come from the practitioner’s own commitment to ethical living. This is congruent with Buddhist principles and the Greek idea of “virtue ethics”.
Fee: £45 per session. There is no charge for an initial meeting.
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London)
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Metanoia Institute) – pending completion
Certificate in Counselling Skills (City of Bristol College)
BSc (Hons) Psychology, first class (The Open University)
Introduction to Group Analysis (Group Analysis South West)
Member of UKCP
Member of British Psychological Society
Member of Metanoia Institute
Days at Fulcrum House
Wednesdays & Fridays