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Individual Counselling £50.00 per hour
Core Process Psychotherapy between £40 to £45 per hour (concessional rates)
Employee Assisted Work Based Counselling (referrals and payments from organisations) £45.00 per hour
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Qualifications and Experience
I am a fully qualified accredited and registered Counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). My initial training was Person Centred and Integrative and I have worked in private practice since 1999. I have experience as an Employee Work Based Counsellor and I work in this capacity with local governments and other agencies on a freelance basis. I have a background of thirty years in Social Work which has been mostly within the field of mental health and related services.
I have recently completed the final clinical year of training in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute which is a Mindfulness based approach to Psychotherapy. I am currently offering concessional rates in this approach as i work towards accreditation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists. My intention is to offer a safe, accepting, and confidential space where you are supported to explore any difficulties and issues that are troubling to you. My practice is held within a non-judgemental and caring relationship, whereby I will help you in finding your own way of working within an environment of mutual trust and respect.
About Core Process Psychotherapy
Core Process Psychotherapy involves an exploration of our present moment experience; when we pay attention to ourselves in the present moment we may become more aware of our feelings, sensations, thoughts and attitudes. With increased awareness we can discover our past conditioning. Together we will explore how this is for you, and we can look at the deeper reasons behind your concerns and difficulties.
'Core' is a term to describe the freedom and joy that lies in the heart of our being. Through certain events in our lives this sense of freedom can become obscured to us, and we can experience feelings of separateness. In Core Process Psychotherapy, by cultivating present moment awareness we can discover how our past experience is affecting our current lives, and how our suffering is maintained by this process. With increased awareness it is possible to bring about change and reclaim a greater sense of freedom and possibility in our lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
Core Process Psychotherapy is the original Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy training in the UK. It is fully accredited by UKCP in affiliation with Middlesex University. It integrates Buddhist Psychology with Western personality theory and psychotherapeutic skills, which are used to support and expand this understanding.
Core Process Psychotherapy falls within the umbrella of humanistic psychotherapies which is recognised by the UKCP (Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC).
As a senior trainee of Core Process Psychotherapy I will be working to obtain accreditation with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am having regular and ongoing clinical supervision for both Counselling and Psychotherapy as per the required ethical requirements, and I abide by both the UKCP and BACP code of ethics.
1989 Diploma in Social Work
1993-Approved Social Work Qualification from the Department of Applied Studies at University College Swansea.
1999-Diploma in Counselling from the Central School of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
2011-Master of Arts in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport.
BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) fully accredited and registered member.
UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists) trainee membership.
Care Council for Wales-registered Social Worker.
Areas of Interest and Experience
I am interested in working with a range of life difficulties that we can face, which includes: anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, life transitions such as leaving home for the first time, changes in career direction, children leaving home, retirement, sudden and life-threatening illness, loss of coping at work, bereavement.
I have personal and professional experience of working with dementia sufferers and their carers and I am aware of the challenges people face in this area.
I am interested in the visual and performing arts and how Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy can assist in the creative process.
Although the Core Process Psychotherapy approach is informed by Buddhist understanding there is no requirement for you to have, nor to embrace, any understanding of Buddhism or any other religious, philosophical or spiritual outlook.
I would be happy to meet with you for an initial session for Core Process Psychotherapy & Counselling, where you can bring any questions you may have about the work and talk through what your needs are.
This also provides us with the opportunity to enquire whether Core Process Psychotherapy or Counselling is the approach you are looking for, or if I am the right therapist for you.
You are welcome to contact me to arrange a free initial meeting. Should you wish to make a small donation to the Samye Centre for this session then this would be greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to book a session.
I abide by the Karuna Institute Code of Ethics. A copy is available upon request.