I am an experienced counsellor, registered with and accredited by BACP, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have been counselling individuals for 17 years since 2001 in a wide range of settings, in Private Practice, in Higher Education, in a GP surgery and for an Employee Assistance Programme.
I am also an Approved Therapist for students in training with the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I taught for 19 years in Germany and the UK in Secondary and Higher Education.
In my work with clients I offer long-term and short-term counselling as well as one-off consultations. I see adults, university students and students in counselling training.
My professional approach is psycho-dynamic and humanistic-integrative which is to say that I integrate more than one theoretical perspective into my work with clients.
The field of therapy has been changing significantly in the last two decades. I am particularly interested in the Neurobiology of Emotions and Positive Psychology, and have additional training in Positive Neuroplasticity and Compassion Focused Therapy .
I have integrated aspects of these newer approaches and latest findings in my work with clients as they have been found to be really effective in helping people with anxiety, depression, stress, negative ruminations, low self-esteem and personal issues. These more recent approaches to therapy particularly underline the close connection between our thoughts, emotional and physical states and moods and ways in which we can be "turning everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths". (R Hanson)
Once we become fully aware of how our often negative thinking patterns shape our behaviours and expectations as well as contributing largely to our everyday emotional states and underlying causes of our everyday frustrations and difficulties, whether at work, in our families or personal life, we can make lasting changes. Rather than continuing to feel dissatisfied and repeating the same mistakes or feeling negative and inadequate some or all of the time, I support my clients to feel better, more confident, more authentic and more understanding of themselves and others.
Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
MA, History (Warwick University)
Second State Exam, equivalent to PGCE, Germany
First State Exam, History and German (Goettingen University in Germany)
Professional Memberships and Practice
Accredited Member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP)
BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Graduate Member of Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
Associate of Abbey Practice in Bath
Member of CAPPP, Counsellors and Psychtherapists in Private Practice
Practise in accordance with the ethical standards of BACP
Engage in regular professional supervision for my clinical practice
Participate in continuous professional development to keep up with the latest thinking in the field of Psychotherapy and Psychology