Working with me

I work individually with adult clients (aged 18 years and over) for CBT, counselling, hypnotherapy, coaching and one to one mindfulness. I also teach mindfulness and anger management in groups.

My clients are generally those needing support in my fields of interest. Although I do help clients with other problems, the issues I specialise in form the mainstay of my practice.

I believe that if you are seeking and paying for professional support, this should come from someone who specialises in your issue, rather than offering support for every emotional and mental problem.

About Me

Following a successful career in the armed forces, I moved to ‘the City’ and to the corporate sector for the next chapter of my working life. Psychology and sociology have fascinated me throughout my life I read avidly around the subjects, undertaking several related university courses over the years.

Having always chosen demanding, high stress environments, you can imagine I understand work related stress and the pressures of chasing a work-life balance. A series of major, personal life-changing events led me to conclude that I wanted to train professionally in approaches I found personally beneficial, and that I wanted to draw on my personal and professional experience to work dynamically with people who wish to make positive life changes.

I trained as a cognitive behavioural therapist and counsellor, clinical hypnotherapist, life coach and mindfulness teacher because I value the clear, relatively short and largely solution focused emphasis of these frameworks.

In 2017, I was delighted to be asked to join the teaching team at the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies based in London and Bath. I now teach cognitive behavioural therapy based on the framework of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) to adult students from backgrounds including trained therapists looking to broaden their therapeutic skills and people looking for a complete career change. I also supervise students as they begin to work with clients.

Recently I joined forces with Louise Chunn, founder of Welldoing.org, to deliver wellbeing at work.

Whilst recognising that the past is important, my interest has always been in understanding how negative past events, or what we tell ourselves about them, may be sabotaging and playing out for us today. Significantly then, we can change our relationship to these so that they no longer get to define our present and future.

To do this effectively, I realised the importance of learning tools and techniques to support and maintain personal change, and that the larger the toolkit we have, the more we improve our ability to deal with whatever life throws at us. These tools and techniques can be applied as we need and having an extensive toolkit (some will become favourites) means that there will always be something that can support us.

I care deeply that people are suffering when they know that their life isn’t working as they’d wish on one level or another, but don’t know how to change or do things differently. If this is you, I am here to help.

In additional to my therapeutic and counselling skills, I am an experienced mentor, coach and teacher, having been trained in and utilised these skills in a variety of roles throughout my working life. Working with me means that you are working with a counsellor who has walked a number of paths that may not be too dissimilar from your own. With that experience, comes a level of humanity and understanding that cannot be taught by textbooks alone. Your change matters to me.

Qualifications

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I am a National Counselling Society (NCS) Accredited Counsellor specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in particular. I hold the NCS accredited Diploma in CBT/REBT, Advanced Diploma in CBT/REBT and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapy (with Distinction), having trained with the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in London. I am also a member of the Association of REBT (AREBT),

In mindfulness, I trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and follow the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. I am trained in both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I have a strong personal daily mindfulness practice and incorporate mindfulness teaching in 1-1 therapy where appropriate as well as offering mindfulness courses and workshops.

I hold the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), the nationally recognised qualification jointly accredited by the NCH (National Council of Hypnotherapists) and NCFE (National Council of Further Education). I am also qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. In additional to this, I hold an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited Diploma in Personal Transformational Coaching as well as a Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coaching and NLP Practitioner.

I am committed to undertaking continued professional development (CPD) and see this as an extremely important aspect of maintaining and growing my skills, both as a therapist and personally. I am currently developing my skills in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), one of the newer forms of cognitive behavioural therapy that draws on aspects of CBT, attachment therapy and mindfulness.

Membership of Professional Bodies

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I am a member of and abide by the code of ethics of the National Counselling Society (NCS). The NCS hold a register of accredited counsellors and is administered by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Accredited Register Programme to provide assurance of standards required to be on the register.

The PSA was established up by the Department of Health to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public. It is an independent body and accountable to Parliament. So, by choosing to work with me, you can be assured that you are working with a safe, ethical and competent professional, personally committed to meeting the high standards required to maintain this membership.

As a registered hypnotherapist, I am a member of General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and an accredited practitioner by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC). I abide by the GHR code of ethics.

The GHSC oversees the validation of hypnotherapy training courses, the registration of suitably qualified practitioners and enforces compliance with the Code of Ethics and Practice via its complaints procedure. In December 2010, the Department of Health supported regulator, the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), accepted the hypnotherapy profession into its Federal Regulatory Programme.

Supporting Anxiety UK

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I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.

Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here – anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved. Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here anxietyuk.org.uk/membership.

I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS).

My Approach

These are some of the aspects of my approach that I wanted to share with you:

I offer a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space for you to talk, be heard and to explore.

This is a private and personal experience and it is important that you feel safe to speak without judgement and able to discuss anything that is on your mind.

Our sessions may be the first time that you are able to speak honestly without fear of judgement of your behaviour, personal choices or past experiences.

We can combine elements if you wish.

I am a well-trained and experienced professional, and so combining approaches in a tailor-made way for you is both cost effective and dynamic.

I offer therapies backed by clinical research and have substantial evidence-base supporting effectiveness.

I believe that each of us is unique with our own story, experience, hopes, problems and fears.

I work with you on a personal level, tailoring sessions to your needs; we work as a team and at a comfortable pace for you.

I believe that everyone has the ability to change if they want to do so.

Common to everyone that reaches out for my support is that there will be something that isn’t working in your life today.

We work to understand it and how it impacts your life and I then share skills, techniques and tools to empower your change and for you to achieve your goal.

I take an integrative approach, offering CBT and counselling, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy, life coaching and mindfulness based approaches.

I work with adult clients on a one to one basis for CBT, hypnotherapy, coaching and one to one mindfulness (mindfulness courses are as groups).

These skills should also help you maintain a happier, more balanced life beyond therapy and in other areas of your life too.

Not only can this solution-based approach provide huge relief, it is often instrumental in helping you regain control and manage your life as you wish to.

I take building a mutual relationship of trust and honesty seriously and I know that such a relationship and environment will be the most fruitful for you.

Your commitment and honesty are key to this too.

Benefits

There are many reasons why you might seek counselling and psychotherapy although it is likely that you are doing so because you are experiencing personal pain.

It may be that you want to gain personal insight, deal with a life adversity, overcome an enduring or pervasive issue, improve your quality of life, change something that just isn’t working in your life or purely for personal development.

Here are some thoughts on other benefits:

Studies show that the average client treated with psychotherapy is better off than 80% of those that don’t seek support. Plus it can facilitate remission of symptoms, improve functioning and help you live more resourcefully. It also often provides additional coping strategies and methods for dealing with future problems.

It can increase levels of optimism, self-confidence, realisation of your potential or a return to your ‘normal self’. What’s more, these things can all act as buffers against future psychological or emotional pain.

It provides a neutral, safe space where the listener has no other agenda than to offer a non-judgemental and confidential place for you to talk, discover and grow. Counsellors are trained to remain outside of the problem while building a healthy, supportive and professional relationship with you based in openness and trust. So, counselling is a healthy way of finding support.

Free Initial Consultation

All new clients can book a free 20 minute initial telephone consultation where we can discuss why you are seeking support and how I might be able to help you.
I also offer sessions over Skype and FaceTime.

My Fees

Central London Practice: £90 to £100 per hour

Concessions

& Low cost Fees. I offer a limited number of concessionary rate CBT sessions in central London for those unable to afford private therapy fees. Please contact me for more details.

Payment

Payment can be made by cash at the start of the session or bank transfer prior to the session.

Cancellation

I reserve the right to charge for missed sessions and sessions cancelled without 48 hours’ notice. Please note that first appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged.

Concessions

A personal value of mine is ‘giving back’. I am so passionate about CBT — its ability to change and enhance lives for those who really want change — that I believe it should be widely available. Not everyone can afford private therapy fees or has health insurance for CBT. And although CBT is offered on the NHS, there is limited availability. Also, you cannot choose the therapist you see or extend sessions.

I offer a limited number of concessionary rate CBT sessions in central London for those unable to afford private therapy fees. Please contact me for more details. Please note that I also offer sessions over Skype and FaceTime.

Anxiety UK

I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.

Read more about the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme. You can also find out about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity.

Young Minds

Young Minds is a UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Anxiety UK Mobile App

This award winning stress app contains tips and advice on managing anxiety from volunteers, Anxiety UK staff, celebrity patrons and clinical advisors.

The app also contains a useful DIY diagnosis section, developed with Professor Adrian Wells.

You can download the app on iPhone and Android and costs 69p.

‘Black Dog’ Animation

The World Health Organisation, with writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone, tells the story of overcoming the ‘black dog of depression’.

Watch ‘I had a black dog: his name was depression

Stephen Fry Interview

Stephen Fry talks openly on BBC Breakfast about his struggle with addiction to alcohol, drugs, and his mental health problems.

He also talks about the late Robin Williams & Philip Seymour Hoffman.

SMART

Based on science, SMART Recovery helps people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour including substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming etc.

Resources

Mind

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem.

Mind believes no-one should have to face this alone.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a charity that supports those affected by anxiety disorders, stress and anxiety based depression.

They work to improve services for those living with anxiety disorders and also campaign to raise awareness of such conditions.