- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Video and telephone consultations
I have been practicing in private practice as an integrative psychotherapist/counsellor for 15 years+. I am accredited with BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have trained as a CAT Practitioner (cognitive Analytic Therapy), and work integratively grounded in my training and work over the years. I have been involved in the caring professions for 30 years. This has included work in the voluntary sector, counselling in the community mental health field and Higher Education settings. I work in private practice in the Manchester area and offer brief focused interventions or longer term contracts.
My background prior to my therapeutic training was in the creative arts where I learned to pay a great attention to detail. I also trained as a yoga teacher and through my own yoga practice came to realise the importance of being mindfully aware in all situations, which can be a useful way of reducing stress.
Often we can find ourselves stuck in familiar patterns of struggling in our lives in different ways; we may get stuck in cycles of depression or anxiety, find ourselves coping in 'unhealthy' ways, find ourselves feeling alone and misunderstood by others -- there are many ways in which we can feel stuck. Certain patterns (relating to others, situations and ourselves) may have been playing out for a many years, and we may come to a point where we wish to explore this; seeking to understand why similar situations keep occuring and to find ways to change these patterns. Often these patterns, or ways of managing difficutlies, can be rooted in our early lives as children, so it often is useful to explore your past. To get to know ourselves with compassion, and to understand how we keep struggling or getting stuck, leads to more self-awareness and hence more choice to do something differently.
Or, you may just be struggling with a present life-difficulty and wish for a safe, non-judgemental place to explore that with someone who is outside of your situation.
At our initial session, we can talk, and find a way forward that would be useful for you in your life now.
Areas of interest
Depression; Anxiety disorders; low self-esteem;Bereavement/loss;Relationship problems; Eating disorders;Self-harm;Addictive behavior;mindfulness; loss of sense of self or meaning; career issues;retirement;work issues
Current NHS consultant posts held
I work mainly remotely at this time on either zoom or skype.
I have an interest in 'Mindfulness', the process/practice of relaxing our attention back into the world of our senses, for often many of our difficulties are linked to habitual patterns of over-thinking and brooding, which takes us away from a more direct, full, and simple experience of our day-to-day lives.
- MA Integrative Counselling The University of Manchester 2007
- Counselling Diploma The University of Manchester 2005
- Post-grad dip Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Training Sheffield-Hallam Univerity 2011
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Accredited CAT(Cognitive Analytic Practitioner) ACAT (Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy) 2012
- Accredited/registered BACP(British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) 2009
Details of entry to specialist register
- BACP , 2009
Affiliations / memberships
BACP(British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
ACAT (Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy)
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Counselling session - (>50)
Psychotherapy session - (>50)