How do I contact you?
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Or call/text 07939 393567
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Please use voicemail if necessary.
I will return your call/text as soon as possible.
What experience do you have?
After 3 years as a teacher and 10 years of ministry as a priest, I began working as a couples' counsellor in 1995, as an individual counsellor in 1999. I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2001 and as a supervisor in 2003.
I have worked in private practice, as a relationship counsellor with Marriage Care, for five years as HIV/Gay Men's Sexual Health Counsellor at PACE and as an affiliate counsellor in Employee Assistance Programmes, provided by BUPA, Ceridian Lifeworks and Right Corecare, among others.
I have worked extensively with lgbt clients and I am a Member of the Directory of Pink Therapy.
I conduct supervision with individuals and groups.
I have produced and presented many workshops and retreats throughout the country.
What are your professional qualifications?
I hold a Certificate in Marital Counselling (1998) from the University College of Ripon and York St.John, Leeds
I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2001) and a Diploma in Supervision (2003), each accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), from The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, (CCPE), which is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Throughout each year I take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) across a range of psychological approaches.
Are you accredited to a professional organisation?
I have been registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2002.
My work was successfully audited by UKCP in May 2010.
I am a Service Provider with BUPA and AVIVA.
I am listed in the directories of UKCP, Counselling Directory, Counsellingpages and Pink Therapy.
Do you subscribe to a code of professional ethics?
My therapeutic work is conducted in accordance with the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Are you professionally insured?
Yes I carry full professional liability insurance.
Do you receive ongoing training?
Yes. In the coming year I will be attending training days on suicide prevention and Compassion-based Focussed Therapy for Depression, amongst others.
Do you receive regular supervision?
Where are you located?
In the City of London Near St.Paul's Cathedral, off Ludgate Hill. See Map
The nearest stations are St.Paul’s (Central Line), Blackfriars (District Line ), and City Thameslink.
Ludgate Hill stands at the crossroads of several London bus routes, accessing most rail stations.
Location details and full directions will be given when a first appointment is agreed.
In Rye, East Sussex, close to Hastings, Tenterden and Ashford. See Map
On Mondays and Tuesdays I work at The Elysian Centre, 18 Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AD in Rye town centre and a short walk from Rye station.
The journey from Rye to London takes 1 hour and 30 minutes, via St.Pancras International and Ashford.
What is your availability?
Daytime and evening appointments available as follows:
Central London on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Rye on Monday and Tuesday
I am not able to see clients at weekends.
What about confidentiality?
Our work is confidential.
In exceptional cases, ( eg. if a client reveals current abuse of children or intention to cause serious physical harm to him/herself or others), counsellors have a professional and ethical duty to inform clients that they may find it necessary to take this information outside of counselling. For this reason, I may request the name and address of your General Practitioner. Any action is discussed with you first.
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I receive regular supervision but clients' personal identities are not revealed.
What are your fees?
London : £80, Rye: £50
Couples counselling: London: £100, Rye: £60
Supervision: London £70, Rye £50
Some lower fee spaces may be available - please feel free to discuss this.
Missed appointments are charged in full.
Fees are payable per session by cash, cheque or BACS, or may be paid a month in advance.
What happens if I have to cancel an appointment?
If you are unable to make an appointment for any reason please inform me in good time and I will make every effort to reschedule within the same week.
An appointment missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, and/or if you have not called to find an alternative space in the same calendar week will be charged in full.
If you miss 2 sessions without contacting me, your contract may be terminated and all charges applied.
You will not be charged for sessions if I am away or forced to cancel.
How long do sessions last?
An individual session is 50 minutes long and begins at the time booked. Couples sessions last 6o minutes and Supervision normally 90 minutes.
If you arrive after the start time, the time you have lost will not be made up at the end of the session.
Sessions are normally arranged on a weekly basis, at the same time and at the same place, but I offer some flexibility for those whose patterns of work are subject to change.
How do I arrange an appointment?
Click here to e-mail or call me on 07939 393567
There will be an answerphone for your message if I am unavailable and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Can I refer myself?
Yes you can. Sometimes people are referred by their family doctor, their Employee Assistance Programme or by a friend, or they can refer themselves.
Sometimes a check-up with your GP is a good idea to see if a problem, such as depression or anxiety, has an underlying medical cause.
Do you work with couples?
Yes I do. Relationship counselling is available in both my Central London and Rye locations.
Do you work with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people?
Yes I do. I have worked extensively with lgbt clients. Learn more
Do you work with clients who have medical insurance?
I am a registered Service Provider with BUPA
Please obtain a valid Pre-Authorisation Number from your healthcare provider before scheduling a first appointment with me.
Do you work with clients on the telephone or on Skype?
At the moment I only work in this way when I have already begun a therapeutic relationship with a client face-to-face.
It may be possible to work in this way after an initial face-to-face consultation has taken place.
What happens at a first session?
Our first session together is an assessment:
If you are unsure whether or not to continue with therapy, you are under no obligation to continue beyond a first appointment, although the usual fee will be charged for it.
If we do agree to work together, I will offer you an informal contract, which explains the timings of sessions and what happens in the event of cancellations or missed sessions.
What actually happens in the course of a session?
The normal format is that of a conversation, in which you are free to speak about whatever you wish, in complete confidence.
I respond in a constructive and non-judgemental way.
Sometimes the conversation will flow; sometimes it may move into silence.
Occasionally I may suggest working in a non-verbal way, with pens and paper, for example, or by focusing attention on what you are feeling in your body.
It is difficult to be more specific than that, because so much depends on the issues you bring, the goals we set for our work together and the ways in which our personalities interact.
How does counselling draw to a close?
If a set number of counselling sessions have been agreed, the contract comes to an end when they are completed, although the number of sessions may be extended beyond the number first proposed, by mutual agreement.
Notice of two to four weeks should normally be given before ending therapy, so that we can review our work together and make an satisfactory ending.