I aim to provide a warm, friendly and professional relationship to help you to talk as freely as possible with me. I offer an initial session for an hour so we can take time to explore your difficulties without obligation. If you feel that I am the right person for you to work with, we can then consider how we can best work together.
Usually, we will address the current issues to help you through any crisis that may have brought you to seek help. In addition, my approach is psychodynamic / integrative so we can tackle the root causes of your difficulties, look at how you have become who you are and how your life events have shaped your current experience and relationships. Through exploration of these you can be released from the unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviour, which invariably underlie problems such as depression, anxiety or relationship difficulties.
I offer sound support, professional standards, and a warm commitment to you to see you through.
I worked as an Art Psychotherapist in the Health Service for five years before leaving in 1987 to practice privately in both Psychotherapy and Counselling. Since then I have worked with individuals and couples. I have both a depth and breadth of experience to draw upon, having worked with people with a wide variety of problems and difficulties. I am committed to high standards of practice and as such take further training courses and attend lectures to maintain the freshness of my approach. I adhere to all the guidelines set out by the professional organisations with whom I am registered. I have played a main role in setting up and supporting the work of Swindon Counselling Service providing training and Supervision, as well as being part of their committee structure. I worked for fifteen years as a Counsellor in Primary Care and continue to counsel for The Staff Support Service in Swindon.
Training and Qualifications
- British Association of Arts Therapists registration; Private Practitioner and Supervisor
- Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care: Full registration and Supervisor
- Accredited Counsellor : British Association for Counselling
- MA in Art Psychotherapy
- Post-graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy
- Supervision Training
- Couples Counselling training
- In-service training in the NHS in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
I usually charge £45-£50 per session. I reserve some spaces at a lower fee for people on lower incomes who may find it difficult to meet these costs.
There are five rooms, all suitable for couples or individual Counselling. One of these is large enough to use for family therapy, groups or training workshops. The therapy rooms are furnished with large leather chairs with cushions, solid oak side tables, classic floor and table lamps, plants and framed photos or pictures of landscapes.
We are offering qualified Counsellors/ Psychotherapists, Supervisors and Trainers the opportunity to hire rooms.
The Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre,
23 Bath Road,
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