I am an experienced counsellor, registered with and accredited by BACP, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have been counselling individuals for 19 years in a wide range of settings, including in Private Practice, in Higher Education, in a GP surgery and an Employee Assistance Programme for the Department of Work and Pensions.
I am also an approved therapist for therapists in training.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I taught for 19 years in Germany and the UK in Secondary and Higher Education.
I work mainly long-term but will see clients for short-term counselling as well as for one-off consultations. I work with adults, university undergraduates and students in counselling and psychotherapy training.
The field of therapy has been changing significantly in the last two decades. I am particularly interested in the neuroscience of emotions and positive psychologyand have in addition to my formative training completed additional training courses in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson, Ph.D., and in Compassion Focused Therapy with Prof. Paul Gilbert. I have integrated aspects of these transformative approaches into my work with clients. Both approaches are affirmative and very effective in helping people with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence. Both underline the close connection between thoughts and emotional states. Many personal issues arise from much self-critical thinking that runs in the background as we go about our day and it leaves us, often outside our conscious awareness, with negative inner states. Compassion Focused Therapy helps to identify negative self-talk and to develop self-compassion while Positive Neuroplasticity, a constructive and affirmative therapy approach, helps to build our resilience and to “turn everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths". (R Hanson)
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 (Göttingen University), 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
I practise in accordance with the ethical standards of BACP
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.