Counselling and Psychotherapy in Bath, BA2 for Individuals and Couples
As a fully qualified and UKCP registered psychotherapist, I am committed to providing psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Whether you want to work short or long-term, my aim is to work creatively and with integrity, to help you safely explore what is troubling you.
We all at sometime or another reach a stage in our lives when talking to somebody in confidence, outside of our situation, can be of enormous benefit. Psychotherapy is a talking therapy and offers you the opportunity to do just that with someone who is experienced, empathic and non-judgemental. By talking with a therapist, you can begin to understand the events of your past and how they affect you today so that going forward you can choose to do things differently. For many clients this is deeply valuable experience and can have a long lasting effect.
Psychotherapists can help with the following:
This list is not comprehensive, so please feel free to contact me if you need help with an issue that is not listed. We will then be able to discuss if I or another therapist might be able to help you.
In February 2018, I was accredited by The Foundation of Infant Loss and became one of their listed counselling professionals. Completion of their training has helped me feel more able to assist parents following a pregnancy or infant loss. It can, I now realise, be a time when little makes sense.
I am also an 'approved psychotherapist' for trainees of Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC)
My Background and Experience
Before setting up my private psychotherapy practice in Bath in 2013, I worked in business and finance for 25+ years. Today, I bring my personal experience of the challenges of working in both the private and public sectors to my work as a psychotherapist and I believe this continues to ground me in the real world.
I trained at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC), which has been a leading trainer for psychotherapists and counsellors for over 30 years. The training is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and affiliated to Middlesex University. My training stipulated that I saw my own therapist throughout so that not only do I know what it is like to sit in the other chair but also what I might bring to our working relationship.
During my training I worked as:
- A psycho-therapeutic counsellor at Kinergy - a Bristol based, professional, confidential counselling service for survivors of sexual violence, sexual abuse and/or rape.
- A volunteer with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS trust.
- By GP referral as a psychotherapist at the Nightingale Surgery in Brislington.
I was awarded my MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy following submission of my dissertation which detailed my research into the topic of compulsive eating. Although a small part of my current casework, it is still an area of particular interest for me. At this point I became a full clinical member of UKCP - my membership number is 2011162998. My current reading and professional development area of interest is in trauma in all its many forms and in 2017, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, I registered with the Red Cross and will be part of a Voluntary Crisis Response Team to provide therapeutic assistance if the need should ever arise. Trauma is a normal reaction to abnormally difficult circumstances and can be a single event or multiple experiences occurring over a period of time and over which we have little or no control.
I abide by the UKCP code of practice which stipulates that I both have regular personal supervision to maintain the quality of my client work and that I regularly take part in continuing professional development to further develop, extend and enhance my skills and knowledge.
My Humanistic and Integrative training enables me to draw from a wide range of theory to encourage the development of my clients. There are many reasons why people seek help and I see each piece of client work as unique. It may be good to know that we will both be actively engaged in shaping the work throughout our time together and that we will go at your pace. You will find me supportive, strengthening, and enlivening whilst helping you to understand the events of the past and how they affect you today so that you can make different choices in the future. I believe it is both the quality of the therapeutic relationship and our willingness to enter into a process of inquiry that is important. Curiosity is key. There is also nothing more humbling than sitting with a client as they share their inner world, perhaps for the very first time.
Where is my Psychotherapy Practice?
I work from my home in Bath, where I am happy to offer appointments from as early as 8.00am through to 8.00pm in the evening.
The current Covid 19 situation (January 2021), means that in person sessions are again suspended and I am working remotely from my purpose-built and dedicated therapy room which is situated in the peaceful setting of my garden. Here I can offer the confidentiality and privacy we require. In 2020 I learnt that whatever platform we choose to use, working via Zoom, WhatsApp or Facetime, either using video or not, therapy can be just as successful as meeting face to face. It is just different.
When we are all back to normal, I am a five minute drive from the city centre heading south with free, unrestricted parking. click here for map I am also on a convenient bus route which crosses the city from Weston To Odd Down. There is also easy access to and from Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and both Bath University and Bath Spa University.
Click in the image of my room to go to 'Getting Started and Fees'. On this page you will be able to check my availability, which I aim to update on a regular basis.