I am a registered professional member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council), The UKCP ( the UK Council for Psychotherapy) The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and The FPC (Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I comply with their ethical codes.
In addition to my private practice I have worked a within the NHS as an Honorary Psychotherapist and with a community counselling services provider.
I first qualified as a Counsellor Several years ago and went on to further study and to qualify as a Psychotherapist within the rigorous WPF trainings, one of the leading academic and clinical institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.
People come to counselling for many different reasons. Please give me a call or contact me by email if you feel it may help you to talk through an issue, however big or small it seems.
I have extensive experience of working with a range of issues, including: relationship difficulties, addiction, anger management, anxiety and depression, post-natal depression, bereavement and loss, low self confidence and self esteem, difficulty communicating feelings and emotions, suicidal feelings, abuse, self harm, eating disorders, disability, health related issues, Trauma, Post-traumatic stress , Stress and transitions in life after life changing events.
I work as a Counsellor and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. Both Counselling and Psychotherapy take place in a setting that is both private and confidential, allowing a feeling of trust, safety and openness to develop. It is an opportunity for you to talk about and explore thoughts and feelings that are worrying or frightening, with a therapist who doesn't judge you or advise you, but will allow you to find a way forward that is right for you.
To have the experience of two minds thinking about you can be a healing experience in itself, as you may discover a better understanding of your thoughts, patterns, feelings and beliefs. Habitual ways of feeling about yourself and your relationships can be recognised and perhaps linked with experiences from much earlier, allowing you to make different decisions or ways of looking at things, enabling you to have increased options and perhaps make different choices.
Counselling tends to look at immediate difficulties and is usually a shorter term therapy, perhaps concentrating on one issue and usually involves meeting weekly. Psychotherapy with a trained and experienced therapist allows deeper seated issues or psychological problems to be explored over time, and as they arise. It is a way of managing more complex areas, that perhaps have built up over time, and which may stem from experiences from childhood. Sometimes our worries are rooted in ways of being that we learnt early in life, and a sensitive, kind and secure relationship with your therapist can give meaning to experiences from long ago. Psychotherapy can also be a way of coming to know yourself better, and to deal with transitions to different stages of life and the frequency of meetings may be more than once weekly.
Psychodynamic therapy uses the relationship which builds up over time to look at some of the more profound and complex areas of difficulties in our lives, and takes place over a longer period of time than counselling and your hopes, dreams and disappointments have a place to be safely explored.
Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.
|Psychotherapy||In Person||£65 per 50 minutes|
|Counselling||In Person||£65 per 50 minutes|
St. Albans rates are £55 per session. I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.