Here you’ll find details of my professional background, my approach and how I work, and the next steps if you’d to get in touch with me. Use to icons below to jump to the relevant section.
Please – if you have questions that aren’t answered in these pages, just get in touch. I’m very approachable. I will tell you if I don’t think I’m the best person to help you, and I won’t try and push you into working with me.
My professional background
I practice as an integrative therapist, a coach, and a consultant in service improvement and outcome measurement in psychological therapy.
A practicising therapist for more than 25 years, I am an accredited member of the British Association of the Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/ Psychotherapist. I am also a member of the BACP Coaching Division. I carry full civil liability insurance and my client work is supervised in accordance with the requirements of BACP.
My management experience includes two years as Director of MIND in Brighton and Hove, and nearly twelve years (1994 – 2005) as Head of Service for the Royal College of Nursing Counselling Service. During this period I led a Department of Health constituted working group to produce guidance for the provision of staff counselling in the NHS, as well as development of a range of RCN publications linked to employee wellbeing.
It was also at the RCN that I introduced a system (CORE) for routinely monitoring service quality and outcomes. By the time of my departure the service was one of the highest performing services using CORE in the UK, with 84% of clients completing their therapy journey and 86% of those improving.
Since 2005 I have worked as a consultant in service improvement and outcome measurement to services and commissioners, offering support with system implementation and the application of evaluation data to service profiling and improvement.
I sat on the BACP Research Committee between 1996 – 99, and on the Association for Counselling at Work Executive between 1999 – 2006 (as Chair 2002 – 2005). I am currently a Specialist Advisor to BACP Workplace. I am an experienced trainer and presenter, and have published in a wide range of professional publications.
My approach and how I work
No two therapists and coaches are the same, and in choosing someone to work with you should feel that there’s a good of a fit between you. You need to feel confident that they understand you, that they can properly help you, and that you can place your trust in them.
To help you in deciding whether or not you might be interested in working with me, I’ve outlined below some of the key principles that guide how I work. The counselling and coaching pages on this site provide more detail of how I work in practice and my fees. If you like what you read then please get in touch to discuss how we might work together.
Successful therapy and coaching are built on partnership. I’ve been a therapist and coach for a long time, but that doesn’t mean that I can know immediately what will be helpful for you. I’ll aim to reach a clear agreement or contract with you about how we work that’s based on your needs and choices and what I can provide. I’ll also aim to work in a way that respects and values any differences between us, including those that arise from our different experiences and cultural backgrounds.
We monitor progress and how we’re working together. Most people who complete therapy do significantly improve. I believe in what I do and if we share that belief the chances are that you’ll be one of them. I don’t believe in leaving things to chance, however, so whether it’s therapy or coaching my priority is to make sure that it’s meeting your needs and I’ll be keen to work with you in monitoring our progress.
For as long as you need, and no longer. Much of the significant change in therapy takes place in the first few sessions. Sometimes it needs longer, but longer doesn’t necessarily mean better. I’ll be there for a long as you need andyou are getting a clear benefit from our work together.
Therapists should never stop learning. I’m committed to being the best therapist and coach that I’m capable of being. Through my interest in research and outcome evaluation I’ve learned that practitioners vary considerably in their effectiveness. As a result I’ve developed an ongoing commitment to learning from research, as well as from client feedback and other professional development.
You can find out more about me or ask to book an initial session with me through the Contact page. The aim of that initial session is so that I can find out what’s brought you in touch at this point and what you’re needing, and for you to get a sense of me and what it might be like to work with me.
There’s no cost for that session and no commitment needed from you to take things further. You can come back to me when you’re ready or not at all.
You’ll find a link to my contact details below. I look forward to hearing from you.