I have practised as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for many years in private practice and within the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT), NHS Primary Care Counselling and Secondary Care (Community Mental Health Crisis Team), Universities, Colleges, Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP’s), leading mental health charities MIND and The Nottinghamshire Carers Federation.
Over the last few years I have focused more on developing my private practice and working part-time within the NHS as a dual trained clinician in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Counselling. I offer psychological assessments and treatment for different problems including Depression, Stress Reduction, Anxiety, Panic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Phobias, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Post-natal Depression, Occupational Issues, Somatoform Disorders/Hypochondriasis, Trauma, Habit Reversal, Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), Relationship/Family problems, Bereavement, End of Life, Couple Counselling, Anger, Low Self-Esteem, Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual, Relationships, Mediation and more complex issues.
My private clinical practice includes Psychological Assessments, Brief and Longer -Term Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Face- to- Face Therapy, Home Visits, Remote Therapy including Skype and Telephone Counselling/CBT, Therapy Groups, Mediation, Couples Counselling, Supervision and delivering Mental Health Training.
I have undertaken extensive continued professional development. These include Mindfulness (MBCT), Trauma, Palliative Care and Clinical Supervision I am experienced supervising counsellors, psychotherapists, psychological well -being practitioners and cognitive behavioural therapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Professional Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2008
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, 2010
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, 2011
Certificates in Clinical Supervision, 2011
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2004
Qualified in Low Intensity Supervision 2010
Qualified in High Intensity Supervision 2012
Clients I work with
- Older adults
- Young people
- Direct contact from clients
- Taken from NHS, GP and Organisations
- Home Visits Possible and can travel to other locations
Abuse – Emotional, Physical Sexual, Relationships, Adult Mental Health Care, Anger Issues, Anxiety/Panic, Behavioural Problems, Bereavement, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E., Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Post-natal Depression, Occupational Issues, Phobias, PTSD, Somatoform Disorders/Hypochondriasis, Low Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Trauma, Palliative.
I aim to help clients feel at ease from the outset of therapy by offering a safe, private and confidential space to talk about problems. I regard the therapeutic relationship as being paramount, built on trust and respect. By listening carefully it helps attain a real sense of how it is for a client without making any judgements and with a genuine interest.
I endeavour to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to talk freely about their current problems/difficulties. Therapy is at each individual client’s own pace and tailored to meet their unique specific needs. Client expectations are explored at assessment and any goals of therapy discussed. I am experienced in different modalities of therapy and consider myself an integrative therapist who always practises in the best interest of clients.