Firstly my background
I trained as a counsellor in 2004, completing my Post-graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at Reading University in 2006. I also have a Diploma in Parent Infant Therapy.
I have a private practice seeing clients in a dedicated room at my home near Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. I have also trained to work with mothers-to-be and parents of babies to help loving and secure bonds to be cemented. This is often where there is some ante-natal or post-natal depression or anxiety about parenting.
I have been involved with the charity Child Bereavement UK for many years providing bereavement support to parents (individually or as couples) who have lost a child. This has helped me understand the impact of many different kinds of loss on people and has become a particular interest.
I have worked in voluntary agencies for over ten years. Some of my current work is in an occupational health setting for NHS staff and I have also been a member of a team providing counselling to police officers. Prior to this I worked in the NHS for about 15 years and also carried out health-related research following an MA in Sociology in 1992.
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by the guidelines set out in the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP).
Appointments are usually at the same time once a week as agreed together once we have met. Each session lasts 50 minutes and when we first meet we can discuss whether you want to have an agreed period of counselling such as 6-12 sessions, or whether you would like to see how it goes and end when you feel it is the right time for you. For some people who are new to counselling, open-ended work may seem a bit daunting and a time-limited period may be more manageable.
My fees are normally £50 per session. However there is some flexibility depending on means - this can be discussed when you first come.