Choosing a therapist is not easy. What makes therapy work, research suggests, is a strong relationship between the client and therapist. So, knowing a bit about the background of your potential therapist can help build trust, the basis of good relationships
I am a relational integrative psychotherapist and have a private practice in Nottingham’s Sherwood district. In addition to this practice, I work for a local hospice, and in an NHS workplace counselling team.
I have over 5 years experience as a therapist. But before training, I worked for more than 15 years in various roles. My career took place in local government, higher education, the NHS, and in the charity sector. During this time I engaged in my own personal development work, which led to an interest in helping others find their potential in the same way.
Through my counselling roles, I have gained insight and expertise in not only end of life and workplace counselling but in other areas too. I have assisted people with a gambling problem find a route out of their addiction. And I worked with survivors of sexual abuse, counselling but also co-facilitating male groups and drumming workshops.
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Safety and Ethics
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means my qualifications have been checked and I am duty bound to work by a set of ethical principles. And, as a member of the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, I have agreed to be bound by a further set of ethical principles too
I have a recent certificate from a Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB) enhanced check, available to view on request
Certificate of Higher Education Health and Social Care Studies (Sheffield Hallam University)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computer Systems and Business Studies (University of Wales, Bangor)
Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute) – part of ongoing Masters of Science degree
I have completed specialist training in counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse, bereavement, terminal illness, gambling addiction, substance misuse, mentoring, creative therapies, and motivational interviewing
Addictions such as gambling
Anxiety and depression
Bereavement and end of life
Bullying and mobbing
Emotional and physical abuse
Grief and loss
Self-esteem and self-image
Sexual abuse and incest
Shame and guilt
Psychotherapy has many different schools of thought about what it is to be human and what is useful when it comes to helping others lead lives that make sense to them. As a relational integrative psychotherapist, I draw from many complementary theories and blends them into a tailored approach for the individual. At the heart of his approach is a belief that it is through a strong therapeutic relationship that any problems stemming from how we grew up can be examined and potentially changed. Those parts of our personality that are undeveloped have the potential to worked with, strengthened, and be integrated into who we are now. Our old ways of being can be challenged, with the hope of change in this process
I work from a humanistic perspective and integrates theories from psychodynamic, object relations, self-psychology, Gestalt, and transactional analysis psychotherapy