After I divorced, I started going out with different people, and soon realised that I kept choosing the same ‘type’ of person, even though this ‘type’ did nothing for my happiness or my wellbeing.
Whilst we’re not often conscious of it, we sometimes choose a partner we feel holds something that’s lacking in ourselves – eg, confidence, assertiveness, success, good looks – something we feel we can’t attain ourselves.
Counselling enabled me to understand these patterns and to recognise what it was that I was looking for in others. Then I was able to acknowledge what I needed for my own wellbeing, rather than trying to live through someone else’s achievements.
Counselling is very fulfilling work. As I said above, I feel privileged that people let me into their worlds, that I hear them talk about such personal things and that I am trusted with their innermost thoughts and feelings. It is wonderful to see how people grow when they realise they have choices in life.
I qualified in 1996, with a Diploma in Group Analytic Psychotherapy from Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) – one of the leading academic and clinical institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.
Training and experience
1992-1994: Volunteered with Samaritans
1992-1993: Undertook an introductory course to Group Analytic Psychotherapy which led to the 3-year diploma course
1993-1996: Studying for my diploma at WPF (qualified in 1996)
1996-2000: Provided counselling / therapy within a large charitable organisation
2000-2014: Worked within the NHS and in private practice
2014-present: Working in private practice
As a registered member on the accredited register of BACP and NCS, I work in accordance with the ethical framework of both these associations and I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development.
Continuing professional development
On-going training is part of life for a counsellor and I regularly attend courses and workshops. Most recently, for example, I attended a four-day workshop on the ‘3 principles’ – how much we live our lives according to how we’re thinking, rather than being in the moment.
I also undergo regular supervision with a qualified supervisor (during which all cases discussed are totally confidential).
£45 for a 50-minute session
All sessions missed or cancelled less than 48 hours before your appointment are charged at the full rate. If I’m available, I will offer an alternative time during that week.
I am a registered member of the following organisations (click for more information):
The BACP is the main professional body in the UK which regulates the counselling profession. If you’re considering psychotherapy or counselling, it’s really important that you only go to a therapist who is properly qualified and trained.
I am also listed in the RSCPP directory and the Counselling Directory.