I began my professional career, in the 1980s, as a practising lawyer, after graduating from Durham University and Chester College of Law. I recognised early on in my working experience that clients sometimes came to me with emotional issues, which could not be ‘fixed’ by legal solutions. Through exposure to victim compensation schemes, I became increasingly fascinated by what it was that enabled some people to recover with relative ease from personal set-backs and traumas, while others appeared to remain ‘stuck’ in a cycle of helplessness and suffering. The discovery of the concept that, if provided with the right nurturing conditions, the human psyche will move naturally towards self-healing, caused me to begin training in person-centred counselling. I hoped to help people in a way that, as a lawyer, I hadn’t felt able to explore. By this stage, as a result of personal experience, I had also developed an interest and undergone courses in forms of energetic healing.
During the study of person-centred counselling, I sought answers to the sort of deeper questions of life and its meaning I hadn’t asked since adolescence. My search led me, at diploma level, to the doors of the London Institute of Psychosynthesis, where I continued my training to counsellor level and beyond, qualifying as a psychosynthesis psychotherapist in July 2005.
I now help facilitate the training of counsellors and psychotherapists at the Institute.
Apart from self-development and emotional healing, another important thread in my life since childhood has been the desire to write. Alongside my interest in writing novels, poetry and stories for adults and children, I am passionate about the creative use of imagination in therapeutic healing, through guided visualisation and exploration of dream and working imagery.
As a practitioner, I work face to face with adult individuals. I work Monday to Thursday and offer appointment sessions between 09:00 and 20:00. Each session, including the initial session, is sixty minutes long. During the initial session we will assess your requirements and how best to manage them. Sessions are structured to take place on a regular, weekly basis, where possible on the same day and at the same time each week.
My fees are structured according to the current market rates and I do charge a fee for the initial consultation. Concessions are sometimes available.
I work to the professional, ethical guidelines of BACP and UKCP. The psychospiritual context of my training provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for people from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds. I ensure the highest possible standards of practice through regular commitment to my own supervision as well as to ongoing professional and personal development. I carry professional indemnity insurance and keep my professional registrations up to date.
If, after our initial meeting, I am unsure whether what I am able to offer is the most appropriate therapy for you, I will discuss with you the possibility of referral to another therapist or health-care professional.