I have been practising as a psychotherapist and counsellor for 17 years, after training for six years in different theoretical schools of thought. I gained a Masters in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the end of this time, but having a broad training in various schools of thought, means that I integrate different ways of working therapeutically according to the needs of the client.
I believe it is important for all psychotherapists and counsellors to have both excellent qualifications and practical experience, but it is also important to have had a broad life experience.
For myself, I worked in the creative fields of television and video for many years, before changing direction to become a psychotherapist. I have also worked as a General Manager and CEO in the caring professions since this time, within the NHS, The Priory, in prisons and for various Third Sector organisations. In addition, I have always run my own private practice.
I am experienced in both short-term counselling, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques (CBT), and longer-term psychotherapy, for clients who feel they need to do more in-depth work.
I have particular expertise in working in the addictions field, both in residential and outpatient treatment, especially with drugs, alcohol and gambling addiction. However, I have worked with hundreds of clients dealing with a variety of issues in their lives who need help to find clarity and guidance with their problems and struggles.
I also worked in a bereavement and loss agency for four years, with clients who have lost someone close to them; who have experienced a suicide in the family; who have suffered sudden trauma and clients who have been diagnosed with serious illness and have been told they have limited years left to live
Having worked in so many counselling organisations over the years, achieving good clinical outcomes for clients is the major priority for me.
I am a qualified clinical supervisor and offer supervision, both on an individual and group basis, to counsellors and psychotherapists.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which is a professional body who ensure that all their practitioners are following a strict code of conduct and embarking on regular annual training courses and further practice to keep their clinical skills up-to-date.
I am a BUPA, PruHealth, Aviva UK, Western Provident Association and Cigna registered counsellor, so if you have insurance cover with any of these companies, you can contact your GP to get a referral from them to see me.