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 offer long-term and short-term counselling as well as one-off consultations. I work with adults of all ages over 18 and students in counselling and psychotherapy training. I also have particular experience to work with students having worked for more than six years as a staff member of the Bath University Student Counselling Service.
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 and in Compassion Focused Therapy .
What I like about both approaches is that they are positive, affirmative and aim to build self-awareness and positive strengths. They underline the close connection between our thoughts and distressing emotional states which are often the result of self-critical negative thinking and undermining self-talk that runs in the background of our minds. This running self-critical commentary, happening mostly outside of our conscious awareness as we go about our day, leaves us with all kinds of negative inner states and affects how we deal with life. As a therapist I aim to help you to understand your unconscious processes and to support you to find and strengthen your resilience and confidence. With a more positive outlook usually clients move forward, feel better and make changes for the better.
Before I became a counsellor I taught History and German for 19 years in Secondary and Higher Education in Germany and the United Kingdom.
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 European History (Warwick University)
Second State Exam, equivalent to PGCE,Germany
First State Exam, History and German
Göttingen University, 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 and 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.