In my Guildford/Woking office I work from a very tranquil setting. I see clients who sometimes want short term counselling to think about a problem or dilemma that is impacting on their life. Other's may want a longer term space to look more in depth at relationship difficulties or problematic behaviours. In the initial session this can be thought about in order to ascertain what will be most helpful.
Some of my other work experience has included working with frontline staff in the NHS as a staff counsellor for short term dynamic therapy, as the Senior Counsellor working with adolescents 14-17 years who were excluded from mainstream education, this also included working with the family. I have worked with students in a number of Universities who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem and struggled with their chosen course. I have a wide range of experience in working with addictions in treatment centres where alcohol, drugs or other compulsive behaviours were the primary concern. This also included facilitating therapeutic groups.
I worked as a Senior Counsellor in Palliative care for a number of years with patients facing death and bereaved relatives and facilitated bereavement groups for those affected by the loss.. I also helped train bereavement counsellors in this role. I have lectured on Counselling courses at The University of London, Birkbeck College and currently tutor at the Institute of Group Analysis on the Group Supervision course.
In all of my work experiences the capacity to build a trusting relationship has been central to my counselling philosophy and to the process of change. I have gathered together over a number of years a way of working that enables those I work with to quickly feel at ease in my presence. This enables trust to develop and enhances development and understanding.
I draw on Psychodynamic theory as a basic guide to my work but have a wide range of other theoretical knowledge that I apply to my work. This has been gained through my extensive varied experience of working with people. I have also acquired valuable theoretical and hands on experience in Group Analysis and on Group Relations conferences. The group perspective has enhanced my individual work because we have all originated from one group or another, starting with the family and we continue to live and work in groups. Whilst the theoretical knowledge is important I place the therapeutic relationship at the heart of the work.
Psychodynamic means I think about how our histories impact on our here and now experiences. I am sometimes questioned about the past and told “it is in the past I cannot do anything about it now” On one level this is true but at the same time the issue being considered is still hindering life today. My skill and expertise lies in working in the present whilst understanding the impact of historical issues on one’s life today. This enables more opportunity to fully live in the present without the baggage of the past interfering.
All the above contributes to who I am as a therapist but I have many other qualities and skills that I bring to my work. These include an understanding of emotional suffering and a capacity to make psychological contact with others, enhancing development and reducing the sense of loneliness that we can all sometimes struggle with. In turn the work of therapy helps one to live more in relationship with others and oneself, recognising needs whilst also coming to terms with limitations too.
My Professional Qualifications so far are as follows:
•Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) Group Supervision Training (2012)
•MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy (2002-2003)
•Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2000-2002)
•BA in Social Work (1997-1999)
I am accredited and a member of:
•BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
•BACP/UKRCP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
•Full Member of the Birkbeck Counselling Association
•Associate member of the Institution of Group Analysis
•Full member of the Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy
When did you qualify?
I completed a 3 year Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2003. I have undergone further training in Group Supervision and have regularly attended professional development training courses and events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills. I continue to do this on a regular basis.
What does Psychodynamically trained mean?
It means I specialised in Psychodynamic theory during my training and believe that early experiences in our lives can continue to impact on here and now current experiences. I am skilled in listening for both conscious and unconscious communication either verbally or through the body. I have spent many years in my own therapy both individually and in a group. This has enhanced my capacity to be alongside you during your therapy and to not be sidetracked by any personal issues of my own.
What about other theories?
I have extensive knowledge of most counselling theories along with group analytical ideas. This has been gained through many years of working in health and educational settings and lecturing on counselling courses,
Are you accredited by a professional organisation?
I received professional British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation in 2007.
Do you subscribe to a professional code of ethics?
I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy as set out by the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What is your confidentiality policy?
All sessions are confidential, except in circumstances where a) I believe a client or third party to be at serious risk or b) where I would be liable to civil or criminal proceedings if information a client had shared was not disclosed. I would always think with you first about this.
Do you receive regular supervision?
In line with the professional requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy I meet on a regular basis with a clinical supervisor and always maintain client anonymity. The aim of supervision is to help me reflect on my clinical work and is essential in my maintaining an ethical and competent work practice and attitude.
Where do sessions take place?
I practice from a tranquil setting conveniently situated between Woking and Guildford
What happens in the initial session?
The initial session provides us with an opportunity to explore why help is being sought and whether what I can offer is appropriate, and most importantly, that we both feel comfortable working together.
What happens after the initial session?
If at the end of the initial session, it is felt to be appropriate to continue working together, we can, dependent on your presenting issues/needs, put in place either a short-term focused counselling or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy contract.
What is your availability?
Woking/ Guildford- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.