I am a qualified and experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor.
The 4 year counselling training I undertook is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I undertook further post-qualifying training in working with couples.
Prior to qualifying as a counsellor, I trained and worked as a mental health social worker. I have a combined experience of over 20 years supporting people through all kinds of life events and distress. I have worked in a wide range of settings including mental health charities, NHS, local authorities, probation service, drugs and alcohol services.
Steeped in the psychoanalytic tradition, psychodynamic counselling emphasises the importance of our earliest relationships and experiences and the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Over the years I have been influenced by a number of theories and approaches within the psychodynamic tradition, but find attachment theory, with its abiding focus on our attachments, our separations and our losses, the most compelling way to understand emotional and relational difficulties.
I work with a strong emphasis on trust, safety, cooperation, confidentiality and boundaries. You will determine the focus, pace and depth of our work.
Questions you might have...
Are you professionally registered?
I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Both organisations are accredited with the Professional Standards Authority.
I am bound by their ethical guidelines and codes of practice, including their requirements for supervision and continued professional development.
I also hold the graduate level of registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
What are your qualifications?
I hold the following qualifications:
Advanced Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship - Tavistock Relationships (1 year)
Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship - Tavistock Relationships (1 year)
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy (4 years)
DipSW & MA in Social Work (Specialism Mental Health) - Cardiff University (2 years)
BScEcon Psychology & Sociology (Joint Hons) - Cardiff University (3 years)
I am also currently undertaking a 2-year post-qualifying training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Where is your practice?
I practice from a dedicated room in my home in Melksham.
The room is located on the ground floor.
Free parking is usually available on the road. There is also a public car park within 2 minutes walk.
Melksham is within easy access of Whitley, Atworth, Seend, Semington, Lacock, Corsham, Chippenham, Pewsham, Calne, Hilperton, Trowbridge, Westbury, Holt, Bradford-on-Avon, Bromham, Rowde, Devizes, Potterne, Box.
Time-limited or open-ended therapy?
I offer both, open-ended and more long-term therapies as well as briefer and more time-limited therapies. In an open-ended therapy you continue to attend as long as you wish and feel necessary. In a time-limited therapy we would establish a particular focus for our work together and review after a set number of sessions.
When we can explore which type of therapy would best meet your needs.
What are the practicalities?
What will it cost?
The standard fee for daytime appointments for individuals is £40.00 and £45.00 for evening appointments. Couples appointments are charged at £60.00.
Occasionally concessions may be available in special circumstances.
What happens when I don’t attend?
A regular weekly appointment is held for you and will be charged for whether you attend or not.
This means that cancellations of less than 48-hours notice will incur a full fee.
Is there an age limit for counselling?
I work with adults and there is no upper age limit.
I do not work with children and adolescents as this is a different specialism.
What happens next?
The first step is to contact me via mobile or email, to see if we can identify a day and time when we're both available to meet. My standard practice is to offer you a free 30 minute chat simply for you to meet me and explore if you would like to work with me.
If you wanted to go ahead, this would then be followed by at least two (and possibly up to four) consultation sessions initially, to work out with you the nature and development of your difficulties and whether I would be able to help you. These are charged for at the normal rate.
By the end of the consultation process, we will have worked out a focus, frequency and time frame for therapy.
If I did not feel able to help you myself, I have a network of colleagues with experience and expertise in different areas whom I would be able to recommend. If I did not believe that therapy would be helpful at the time of your consulting, I would be upfront about this and discuss possible alternatives with you.