I have built up my counselling experience since my early twenties when in the 1970’s I was a volunteer at the Samaritans after relevant training, achieved a Certificate in Counselling and then became a volunteer counsellor at a youth advisory project.
In the 1980’s I qualified in social work and worked on the Forensic Ward of a psychiatric hospital where I was mentored in Transactional Analysis. In a later placement I worked alongside my tutor offering couples counselling. I then worked on the cancer wards of a major teaching hospital offering bereavement counselling to patients and carers and running workshops at the nursing school on ‘Basic Counselling Skills and ‘Death and Dying’. Following this period I worked with patients who had contracted AIDs. I later qualified as a mental health specialist.
In the 1990’s I studied Solution Focused Brief Therapy and and in 1994 achieved a Diploma in Individual and Relationship Counselling.
In 1999 I started a private practice in counselling, psychotherapy and supervision in Newton Abbot.
1979 - Certificate in Counselling
1984 - Certificate and Qualification in Social Work
1994 - Diploma in Individual and Relationship Counselling
2005 – Transactional Analysis 101
2005 – Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique
2007 – Diploma in Counselling Supervision
2011 – Diploma in Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
2012 – BACP Accreditation
2013 – INLPTA Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming
2013 – Practitioner Level qualification in Hypnotherapy
2015 – INLPTA Certified Practitioner of the Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming
2019 - Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
Continuing Professional Development:
2005 – Understanding Anxiety
2008 – Pain, Shame and Empathy
2010 – Difficult, Disturbing and Dangerous Behaviour - responding to violence, aggression and danger.
2010 – Razor's Edge - responding to suicide risk.
2012 – Advanced Couples Training
2013 – Motivational Interviewing
2014 – Equine Therapy
2014 – The Boarding School Experience
2014 – Pesso Boyden Psychotherapy
2015 – Foundation training in Non-Violent Communication 2015 – Transforming Anger - Non-Violent Communication
2016 – Advanced Couples Training
2017 – Advanced Couples Training
2017 – Advanced Couples Training
2018 - Advanced Couples Training
2019 - Advanced Couples Training
I am a fully qualified and professional counsellor / psychotherapist with a total of 20 years of experience in private practice in Devon. I see individual clients and couples in Newton Abbot during the daytime and early evening.
In addition I offer supervision to qualified counsellors and students in training. I also offer professional support to those engaged in emotionally challenging employment.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework and I am fully insured.
I use a variety of approaches in my work including: Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Non-Violent Communication, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I may also use NLP techniques if appropriate. I have experience of both Person Centred Counselling and Psychodynamic therapy.
My rates are £50 per hour for individuals, £55 per hour for couples and a limited number of concessions are available for those who are low paid and students.
I offer a reduced cost inital meeting in order for prospective clients/supervisees to meet with me and chat about what they need from counselling/supervision and what I can offer.
Tel: 07896 968518