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How I Work

 

I work face-to-face and online or by telephone with adults of all ages and young people from 11-18 on a one-to-one basis.  I work in a quiet room at home in Ducklington which is near to Witney in Oxfordshire.

 

The most important part of a therapy relationship, research has found, is the relationship between you and your therapist.  That is why the intial session is important to help you to decide whether I could be the right therapist for you.  There is no obligation to continue therapy with me and if I feel that another practitioner or agency could offer more appropriate support for you, I will let you know.

 

To be able to talk about what is going on for you in a safe, confidential setting where you feel heard and respected, without judgement, and with someone who is not directly involved, can bring real and permanent change to your life.

 

I trained initially as a psychodyamic counsellor and now practice as an integrative psychotherapist.  This means that I also work with attachment, and mindfulness and work relationally, literally with the relationship that you and I have during the therapy, which brings up useful material.  I believe that our earlier experiences in life can have a large influence on how we  react to situations in the here and now.  So I will probably ask you to tell me about your past experiences and your childhood.  However, sometimes people come to me after more recent events have affected their lives and they continue to suffer, struggling to recover without the additional support of a counsellor.

Therapy can unearth difficult feelings at times and it can be challenging.  Often people tell me that they would rather face these challenges than continue to live as they have up to now.   And sometimes therapy brings laughter and humour.  It often increases your self-esteem.  It can be life-enhancing and life-changing, improving relationships with friends, family and partners.  It works by increasing your sense of who you are, helping you to adapt your approach to others and situations in a healthy, productive way.  And it can help you to see situations from a more objective point of view.

Experience and Qualifications

Before setting up in private practice in 2014, I worked as a counsellor for eight years at Wantage Counselling Service and for three of those years I also worked as a counsellor at King Alfred's Academy in Wantage. 
 
My relevant qualifications are:

*  Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice

*  Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic),
*  Certificate in Psychotherepeutic Counselling
*  a degree - BA (Hons)

I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).  The BACP  is a professional organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists.  I work within their “Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions” which you can download from their website:  https://www.bacp.co.uk

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