Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a therapist is a personal matter but Mind, the mental health charity, suggests that this can be made easier by asking a number of questions. It suggests that you should ask about a number of matters, which I will address below.

QUALIFICATIONS.

My qualifications include an M.Sc. in Psychotherapy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy, a Diploma in Counselling and a Diploma in Eating Disorders. I also have an Academic Diploma in Educational Psychology and Sociology. It is an advantage, I think, to have something of a Psychological background and also to have studied within a N.H.S. Hospital, as I did for my psychosexual training. The psychosexual training is also a training in working with couples, which I believe to be an advantage as couples work is very different from individual therapy. In the Whittington Hospital, I also learned about the Cognitive approach to therapy. This approach has been supported by research. I have also studied spirituality and psychotherapy for an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy. I have gained a Diploma in Eating Disorders from the National Association for Eating Disorders.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND ACCREDITATION.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I am accredited by this organisation as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Accreditation is an exacting process; The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has to be convinced that a therapist has studied to a prescribed level, has a certain level of experience, and is in supervision and can attain satisfactory professional standards. A therapist has to show continuing professional development. I am also a member of the British Association of Sexual and Relationship therapists.

CODE OF ETHICS.

I work to the Codes of Ethics of the above Societies.

EXPERIENCE

I have been a therapist since 1993 working with individuals and clients on a wide range of difficulties and issues.

  • Depression, anxiety and phobias
  • Addictions including alcohol, drug, and sex addictions.
  • Self esteem and body image issues
  • Anger management
  • Abuse
  • Sexual difficulties

My clients, whether heterosexual, bisexual and lesbian or gay, come from all age groups and sectors of society. People consult me to explore their potential and to make important decisions. Couples and individuals come to work on relationships, and I also, in my capacity as a psychosexual therapist, deal with sexual difficulties.

TYPE OF THERAPY OFFERED.

Each individual client requires an opportunity to evolve a form of therapy suited to them and consequently my way of working is quite flexible. I define myself as doing Humanist Integrative therapy. What I mean by the Humanistic part of this is that I try to work in a way which puts the client’s wishes at the centre of therapy. I believe in an attitude of respect for the client, and my own experience shows me that clients possess enormous knowledge about their difficulties and how to resolve them. On the other hand, I can be quite active in the relationship when a client wants this and responds well to it. I am interested in finding ways to use ideas from Cognitive therapy, Psychodynamic therapy and Positive Psychology within a Humanistic framework.However, I do not really think that there is any substitute for experience.

The best way to see whether you would like to work with a therapist is to meet him or her and see what the experience is like for you, and that is why I offer a free initial consultation, so that you can find out for yourself, in practice, without obligation.

If counselling, psychotherapy or psychosexual and relationship therapy is for you, do not hesitate to visit the contact us page or call us on 07733 233 992.

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