About me



MA (Psychotherapy & Healing), PgDipl. Analytical Psychology, BA, NLP (Pract), Adv.Cert.Couples Counselling, Dipl.Grp.& Indv.Supervision, Cert CBT & Mindfulness, EMDR (Accred.Pract)
Professional Memberships:
MAHPP (Accred), UKCP Reg'd, MBACP Reg'd, M.SOPH (Jungian Reg), MNCS (Snr Accred & Snr Accred Supervisor), EMDR UK & Ireland (Accred Practitioner)

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My Training Background & Experience

I am an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor. My theoretical approach generally can be described as Humanistic, but incorporating Cognitive and Psychodynamic principles also. I have had thirty year's experience studying the skills and theories of one form of counselling theory or another. My preferred method of working with people now is by using EMDR which I have found to be an extraordinarily powerful process and exceptionally effective in most issues I've come across.

In the past, I have also taught several introductions to person-centered counselling skills for the University of Surrey Open Studies Dept. and for East Surrey College, and I have also offered various other courses privately and at various Adult Education Centres.

I became involved in counselling, therapy and the personal change and growth field in 1984. At this point I discovered Co-Counselling and trained to do it at the University of Surrey. In 1990, I took the intensive Teacher's Training workshop and the short intensive Facilitator's styles workshop at the same place. I learnt some very powerful skills and theories which enabled me to work with and help fellow co-counsellors over the next 6 years. During this time, I also helped to teach other co-counselling fundamentals courses at the University of Reading. I subsequently taught co-counselling at various venues in Essex, Suffolk and Surrey. This tool for gaining deep and effective self help has provided a valuable grounding which I have found to be transferable to my counselling practice.

In 1987 I discovered Psychosynthesis, which includes a spiritual dimension to the understanding of the human psyche. My interest in the spiritual element of people’s experiences encouraged me to attend other trainings in this field, including Mind Clearing (based on the yoga sutras of Patanjali’s), Buddhism and its links with Transpersonal Psychology, and The Journey, as pioneered by Brandon Bays. I also studied the Person-Centered approach, Gestalt and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

In 2003 I completed a Diploma in Group and Individual Supervision, enabling me to assist other counsellors and psychotherapists in their work.

In 2007 I completed an M.A. degree in Psychotherapy and Healing, in which, I'm pleased to say, I gained a 'distinction' for the Dissertation. The psychotherapeutic element was influenced by the work of Dr.Carl Jung, and the health element also embraced the principles of subtle energy work found in, for example, Spiritual Healing. If you would like to see the abstract of my Dissertation, please follow this link to the BACP website: Click Here

I have also studied Reiki Seichem and Gaiadon Heart Healing, all of which add a powerful, but deeply relaxing, energetic dimension to the task of psychological change.

As you can tell from the above, I enjoy studying. But equally, I consider it essential to continually update my knowledge so as to make all the latest ideas available to you. In July 2009 I completed a 6-month post-graduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Mindfulness for which, again, I was delighted to receive a 'distinction' - this time for the Case Study.

In June 2012 I updated my skills and obtained the Advanced Certificate in Couples Counselling Using the Arts.

In October 2012 I completed the final stage of training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) especially to help, even more effectively, victims of trauma and abuse. I have found however, that it has great value in helping people suffering from panic, anxiety, depression and some phobias and from the impact of various other disturbing events which had their origins in childhood. After appropriate supervised experience I then became an accredited member of EMDR UK & Ireland in January 2014. I have continued to update my knowledge in this area on a regular and commited basis.

Most recently, in March 2016 I trained as a Critical Incident Debriefer - both for Groups and Individuals -  with the Metropolitan Police in London. This training was intensive using role-play, formal observed assessment and written examination, over a 4-day period.

Registration & Accreditation with Professional Bodies

Accreditation combined with Registration usually denotes a more experienced Counsellor or Psychotherapist, who has, in addition to their training, undergone further in-depth personal scrutiny & validation by their professional body.
I have been a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 1988, and an accredited member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) since Jan 2002. I am now, since 2007, a registered and accredited member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Psychotherapeutic Counselling section and since Jan 2014 an accredited Practitioner of EMDR Association UK & Ireland.

My entries are listed below:

Please see my homepage - click here - for links to useful articles about EMDR by Dr Francine Shapiro (the originator of EMDR) and also see the Amazon carousel on the page called "Books" for a list of my chosen useful books for the laymen. These books can be ordered via this website no extra cost to you.