Its hard to reach out for help when things are not going well - I hope that I can help you think further about the difficulties the you are experiencing.
I am a counselling psychologist with 2 decades worth of experience working in NHS mental health services but have recently been working in the voluntary sector and for the Ministry of Defence. I work a lot with the impact of psychological trauma and major change, both of which can create real difficulties for people. I also really enjoy working cross culturally.
Working across cultures allows me to use difference as an area to explore with the people I work with, to help enlighten therapy work and open up new areas. I have a lot of experience of working with people based all around the world, as well as those working in the Humanitarian and Mission sectors.
I am also really interested in how people manage challenges at work, and how our work-life balance can create symptoms and difficulties in other areas. I am a trained couple counsellor and enjoy working with couples or using a couple focus for individuals with relationship problems. In all my work, I notice the way that strict personal rules and high expectations can create problems, and mean that we lose compassion for ourselves at the times of life that we most need it.
I am an Integrative Therapist drawing from a wide variety of models including: Existential-Humanistic Therapy and Attachment Based Therapy. In working with trauma I draw from Narrative Therapy for Trauma, Trauma Focused CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Systemic Therapy and Attachment Focused
My specialisms are:
- Working with trauma, particularly in relation to war, organised violence and exile
- Working cross culturally
- Working with sudden life change and existential challenge
- Psychological support for workers overseas and third country children
(including working from an occupational health perspective)
- Therapy through interpreter
- Resilience and stress management
- Working with couples
- Online therapy
BA - Philosophy & Psychology 1987 - New College, Oxford
Phd Psychology - 1993 - University of Surrey, Guilford
Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy - 1999 - Regents College, London.
PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology - 2002 - British Psychological Society
Certificate in Marital & Couple Counselling - 2002 - Relate
Somatic Trauma Therapy - 2004/5 - 12 Day training - Babette Rothschild
Compassion Focused Therapy for Shame-Based Traum - 2012 - Charlie Waller Institute
Certificate in Online Counselling 2017 (OSCT - Online Counselling Services and Training)
Diploma in Online Supervision (in progress - to complete summer 2020 - Academy for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy)
HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist
British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist
Register of Applied Supervisors (BPS)
British Psychological Society: Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009 - https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-code-ethics-and-conduct)
and practice guidelines (2017 - https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/practice-guidelines)
ACTO: Professional Conduct and Code of Ethics (https://acto-org.uk/professional-conduct-code-ethics/)
I have used video and audio as media for some years both for ongoing psychological therapy with clients and to conduct one off assessments and resilience appointments.
I also have some experience of using live chat and email for psychological therapy, as well as mixing all these media when this is more appropriate.
£75 self funding. I charge a slightly higher rate if working for an organisation or insurance company