My Professional Experience and my Practice
I am registered with and accredited by BACP, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have been counselling individuals for 20 years in a wide range of settings, including in Private Practice, at the Bath University Student Counselling Service, in a Bath GP surgery and with an Employee Assistance Programme for the Department of Work and Pensions.
I am also an approved therapist for students in counselling and psychotherapy training.
I work mainly long-term but will see clients for short-term counselling as well as for one-off consultations. I work with adults of all ages over 18 and students in counselling and psychotherapy training.
The field of counselling psychotherapy has changed significantly in the last two decades and I am particularly interested in the neuroscience of emotions and positive psychology. I have extended my formative training with additional training courses in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson, Ph.D., and in Compassion Focused Therapy with Prof. Paul Gilbert.
What I like about both approaches is that they are affirmative and effective in helping people with anxiety, depression, stress, self-doubt, low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence. Both approaches underline the close connection between our thoughts and our emotional states often the result of self-critical, negative thinking and undermining self-talk that runs in the background of our minds. Mostly outside our conscious awareness as we go about our day, this running commentary leaves us with all kinds of negative inner states that profoundly affect how we deal with life.Compassion Focused Therapy and Positive Neuroplasticity help us to build our resilience, to develop more positive perspectives and to discover how to “turn everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths". (R Hanson)
Prior to becoming a counsellor I taught for 19 years in Germany and in the UK in Secondary and Higher Education.
My Academic Qualifications
Professional courses in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson PhD & Compassion Focused Therapy with Prof Paul Gilbert.
Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
MA, Modern History (Warwick University)
Second State Exam, equivalent to PGCE, West Germany
First State Exam, History and German (Göttingen University), West Germany
My Professional Memberships
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
I practise in accordance with the ethical standards of BACP
I engage in regular professional supervision for my clinical practice and in continuous professional activities to keep up with the latest thinking and developments in counselling and psychology.