It is important for anyone thinking of entering into counselling or psychotherapy to choose the right therapist for them personally. The therapist’s academic qualifications, accreditation, theoretical areas of specialism and interest, whilst very important, are not in my experience the only things to consider when choosing a therapist to work with. The other aspects that are important are the therapist’s personality, their integrity and their capacity to be with human suffering and the unknown. Your connection and relationship with the therapist will be a significant and vastly important factor in how successful the work is, and, as such, your ‘gut feeling’ of working with the particular therapist will be an important criterion for helping you choose a therapist.
I therefore offer an initial meeting to help us decide whether working together is right for you, so please do contact me for more information. If you are thinking about contacting me I would welcome your phone call or email. I am happy to answer your questions, provide you with further information or, should you wish, arrange an initial meeting.
Due to the confidential nature of my work there are times when I will be unavailable. Should you phone during these times your call will be taken by my voice mail, which I monitor frequently. Please do leave a message including your name, telephone number and times when you will be available and I will make every effort to call you back as soon as possible. All contacts are treated in strictest confidence.
I have extensive training in humanistic counselling, gestalt psychotherapy, developmental and somatic psychotherapy, and relational living body psychotherapy and I usually get a sense of what combination of these approaches will help you in our initial meeting/assessment. After building a professional therapeutic relationship and gaining my own understanding of what your difficulties are, I provide a safe environment for difficult thoughts and feelings to be spoken about, evaluated and changed. Over time you will gradually come to a new, more helpful understanding about what, how and why you think and feel. My approach focuses on how psychological and emotional issues are manifested in the body, it's processes and how that affects how we deal with psychological and emotional difficulties and therefore our relationships and ways of relating.
The initial meeting is not a counselling session; instead it is an initial meeting where we can both get a sense of each other and enables a decision to be made on whether we can work together and, if so, what that work may involve. Should we decide to work together then we will need to formalise the assessment process in more detail which will involve some necessary paperwork. This is a FREE, no obligation 30 minute consultation.
Please Note: Depending on the information you initially provide, it may be that an assessment session will be more appropriate. I will inform you at the time of booking.
The assessment session is not a counselling session; instead it is a further meeting where you can use the time to outline the concerns that bring you to seek counselling in more detail as well as ask any questions that you might have and compete necessary paperwork. I will listen carefully and gather some information about your present day situation, your personal and family history and then discuss with you how we might work together to help you.
Practice Locations (counselling)
I work from a well appointed dedicated counseling room within my own home where I provide a private, safe and confidential setting. The complete address will be given by email once a booking has been made.
OR: The Park Road Counselling Centre, 31 Park Road, Coventry, CV1 2LE
OR: 39a Regent Street, Leamington Spa. www.39a.org.uk
OR: at a location in Worcester by courtesy of the Worcester Therapy Group, 44 Droitwich Road, Worcester, WR3 7LH. Worcester Therapy Group Rooms
For Psychotherapeutic Counselling: or Group Therapy: call me directly on 07941 338968 or email me via the website to book an appointment.
Please Note: I'm sorry but I do not answer withheld numbers and please no canvassers as this number is for clients only.
Practice Locations (Dance Movement Psychotherapy)
Coventry: The Mosthouse Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Winston Avenue, Coventry, CV2 1EA. Other locations are also possible.
Derby: Derby University's Clinical Skills Suite, Kedleston Road Campus.
Birmingham: Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies, The Friends Institute, Highgate, Birmingham. (BCAT).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the same with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP-UK). I subscribe to the BACP Ethical Framework, and the Code of Ethics of ADMP-UK, both of which have a complaints procedure to which I am accountable. The brief anonymised notes I make after each session are stored securely. All my work is supervised on a regular basis. I do not disclose information you share with me to other people, the exceptions being:
- Where there may be illegality.
- As a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor I review the work I do with my supervisor on a monthly basis. This is a requirement of my member organisations named above. I keep your identity confidential.
- Where there may be serious risk either to yourself or to others. I reserve the right to make appropriate contacts on the advice of my supervisor. I will make every effort to seek your prior consent.
- I have a living will which means that in the event of my incapacity or death my supervisor will gain access to your contact details and assist you in finding support elsewhere.
While counselling and psychotherapy are generally regarded as beneficial it must be realised that this may not be so in every case.
The therapeutic relationship is based on trust and mutual respect, guided by the client’s developmental process. The main purpose of the therapeutic conditions – set time, set fee, ethical framework and so on – is to create and maintain a safe space in which to facilitate this development. The conditions help to create a professional working alliance. The boundaries are set according to the professional organisations I belong to as well as my own experience of what works best for my client and myself.
I regard myself as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and a dance movement psychotherapist and my practice is influenced by a range of approaches including: humanistic, person-centred, Jungian and Gestalt.
Various techniques may be used, for example imagery, dialogue, props and breath. These are used according to my professional judgement of what may help rather than applied as prescriptions or methods aimed at achieving a specific outcome.
The therapeutic relationship is designed for the growth and development of the client. I see it as my professional responsibility to inform the client if it does not seem to me to be working for their benefit, or if it ceases to do so.
Length of therapy
We will formally start with an initial assessment session, which may be after an initial meeting. At the end of this we will evaluate the situation and decide whether we will enter fully into the therapeutic contract.
We will either set a specific period for the therapeutic process, or we will (more usually) leave the contract open ended. During the period of the therapeutic relationship we will have regular review sessions as appropriate and agreed.
When you want to stop therapy, it is usually appropriate to meet for a mutually agreed number of sessions in which the ending of the relationship can be addressed and accomplished. The number depends on the length and depth of the relationship. An onward referral can be arranged where appropriate.
I reserve the right to vary these contract terms from time to time, in which case I will endeavour to give good notice and time for discussion.
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP
Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy ADMP-UK
American Dance Therapy Association ADTA
Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute GPTI
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I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and also on the Private Practice register of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP-UK). I abide by their respective codes of ethics and am subject to their complaints procedures.
DBS: I hold enhanced DBS (CRB) clearance for working with vulnerable adults and young children, updated every 3 years.
Insurance: I hold Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance for all my work as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and dance movement psychotherapist.
Continuous professional development (CPD): It is a professional requirement to continually update my knowledge, experience and understanding by undertaking regular CPD every year.