The reasons why people seek professional help are often complex and I understand that making the initial contact is not always easy.
Simply knowing where to begin can feel daunting.
Sometimes life feels confusing, stressful or overwhelming and solutions become elusive.
Feeling out of control, hopeless
or helpless can be an isolating
and lonely experience.
I can help you to gain clarity over what is happening for you in the present, for you to move forward
in your life positively and with awareness.
My consulting room is located
within walking distance from the centre of Guildford.
It is a quiet and private purpose built setting.
I also work with people online where appropriate.
• (Please note availability and location changes at the end of this site)
I offer short and long term work for individuals and couples.
Short term work can be extremely effective and for some people this is a realistic approach in treating presenting issues and achieving some symptomatic relief.
However, long term work allows you time to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships and your life.
This work addresses repeated difficult experiences and often results in sustained and positive life changes.
Assessment of your needs takes place in the early sessions before we agree the direction you wish to take.
I work with integrity and compassion to support you while we work towards understanding and resolving difficulties in the present that are often related to early experiences.
• Qualifications and experience
I am a qualified Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), Contemporary Trauma Therapist, Relationship Therapist and Supervisor,
My past qualifications include State Registered Nurse, Community Nursing Sister and Reflexologist
I have a private counselling and psychotherapy practice in Guildford where I see individual adults and couples for long or short term therapy.
I am a registered clinical psychotherapist accredited by UKCP, UKATA and EATA I am also a registered member of and ITAA.
These are professional bodies representing counselling and psychotherapy.
I have additional training in working with Trauma and Attachment.
I have experience working with
Adult survivors of neglect and abuse
Health related issues
• Individual therapy
I provide a non-judgmental and confidential space for you to talk.
My commitment is to work alongside you in a way that will help you understand what is happening to you and find your way forward.
I draw on all my experiences to offer an approach to suit you as an individual.
Our relationship will be central to the work.
• Couples therapy
We are all programmed to seek relationship and yet this area of our adult lives can be fraught with the most intense anger, sadness, guilt, frustration and confusion.
The decision to change a relationship can feel very destabilising and is likely to be a time that feels fraught with uncertainty for both of you.
Sometimes there is a catalyst for change and at other times the existing problems have been around for a long time and become increasingly difficult to overcome.
I work with impartiality to help you understand where your difficulties lie, clarify what each of you wants for the future and support you while you move towards that goal.
• Before starting
It is usual to spend a few sessions together before we agree a therapeutic contract i.e. what you want to achieve, what I can offer you and what I ask of you in terms of commitment to yourself and the process. Therapy is a collaborative endeavour and so it is important that you feel empowered throughout and that I have the appropriate skills to offer you.
I offer both long and short term work to couples and individuals on a weekly basis.
Each session lasts 50 minutes for individuals, 90 minutes for couples.
My fees are £65 per session for individual therapy and £120 per session for couples.
• Availability and change of location
At this time I have no availablity and will shortly be taking a break from practice until mid November. If you think you would like to work with me in the future you can leave your details with me and I will contact you before December to let you know availability at that time.
From that time my office will no longer be based in Guildford and my new office will be within 20 minutes of central Oxford.
I will continue to work face to face with intermittent zoom meetings when appropriate.
Life limiting illness
Low self esteem