I work in private practice with individuals on a short or long term basis and in a way which best suits the needs of the person and their situation. This can mean that I work quite differently with someone who arrives as a result of a crisis or recent trauma to someone who has a long term work related difficulty for example. Short term work tends to be more goal oriented whereas longer term work has a more reflective quality but in all cases I hope to make an empathic relationship with my clients, seeking to understand their felt experience and to help make sense of their situation.
An initial consultation is arranged to discuss client needs and future arrangements are agreed at this first meeting. Sometimes this single meeting is enough but more usually a 6 week minimum is agreed with further or more open ended arrangements made as necessary.
My consulting room is a tranquil space in my home. Wivenhoe is easily accessible by public transport with the train station a 5 minute walk away. On street parking is usually available and there are car parks close by.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling and an MA in Management and Organisational Dynamics. I have undertaken training with the Minster Centre, Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy and Matrix College over a period of 20 years and have worked in private practice for a total of 10 years.
I have experience of working with people across a wide age range - from 18 to 72 - and both short and long term - from one session to over 5 years. I have an integrative approach that draws on ideas and techniques not just from counselling and psychotherapy traditions but also organisational, coaching and design thinking methodologies, using visual metaphors, play and narrative as a way of exploring and understanding personal dilemmas and experience. I have a keen interest in creativity and the ways in which creative approaches to difficulties or problems can surface tacit knowledge and understanding.
I am a visiting lecturer at the University of Essex Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies and have just finished working within Student Support as a Specialist Mentor. I also run Reflective Practice Groups for Clinical Psychology Doctoral students within the Health & Human Sciences Department.
I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MSc Programme, leading on group dynamics, personal development and reflective practice.
I am an experienced workshop facilitator, organisational consultant and executive/individual coach - this work is not the same as counselling but is informed by the ideas that underpin the counselling relationship. For more information about this work, click here.
I am a registered member of the UKCP and abide by their code of ethics.