I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP).
I work with a range of issues: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, relationship problems, illness, eating disorders, self harm, sexuality, life changes, trauma, abuse, family issues, post natal depression, work related issues, fears.
I offer both short, medium and long term open ended counselling for adults. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space allowing us to discuss various and sensitive topics that may be troubling you.
What to Expect
I offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space allowing us to discuss various and sensitive topics. I place emphasis on our relationship, building trust and security, enabling us to think and explore present problems and understand the influence of our past to work towards improving perspective, awareness and the future.
I offer an initial 30 minute consultation free of charge. This is an opportunity to talk about what has brought you to counselling, ask any questions you have and assess whether what I offer is right for you.
If you wish to proceed this would be followed by two sessions (maybe four) to look at the nature of your difficulties and if I am indeed the correct professional to work with. These sessions would be charged at the normal prices. We would work once a week, at the same time and day and each session lasts 50 minutes.
Cost per session is £40.00
Due to Covid I am currently offering counselling over the telephone and online.
Life can be difficult at times and our problems can feel complex and unbearable. We can feel lost, stuck, anxious or confused. These might be problems brought on by be illness, bereavement, relationship breakdown, parenting, life transitions, trauma or career.
Talking to a trained professional, who is impartial and can listen and understand without judgement can help. It allows you the privacy and freedom to explore your difficulties in a supportive non-judgemental and confidential space.
Counselling can allow you the space to explore and develop a greater understanding of yourself and your relationships. It can contribute considerably to your mental and physical health and your sense of wellbeing and enables you to make more informed choices giving you a greater sense of control.
Psychodynamic counselling was developed as a less intensive alternative to Psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic therapy allows us to consider and explore our past, our present and our earliest relationships and experiences.
By exploring our early experiences we can open a window to our current patterns of behaving and relating to others in the present. We can understand our defence mechanisms, the repetitions and patterns that have developed.
Along with our conscious thoughts and feelings we have unconscious ones too, which we have ignored or repressed, and which may be influencing current relationships and situations.
When we identify and understand our patterns of behaviour we can begin to change, thereby contributing to a greater sense of self and a more fulfilling life.
I am a qualified and experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor based in Dorset. As well as having a private practice I work as a counsellor for a local charity organisation.
I trained and qualified at Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (4 years).
I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am bound by their ethical guidelines and codes of practice, including their requirements for supervision and continued professional development.
I am also a member of Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (WCPS) based in Frome.
My consulting room is a dedicated and comfortable ground floor room in my home with access to a ground floor toilet. There is one step up to my front door and another step in and parking is on the road.
Gillingham is within easy access of Mere, Warminster, Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Bruton, Frome, Wincanton, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton and Tisbury.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak I undertake sessions via telephone, with an initial session on Zoom.
If you would like to talk further please use the contact details below. You may need to leave a message on my voicemail, if you do I will contact you as soon as I am able to.