I am a qualified psychotherapist registered with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) having completed an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling). This psychotherapy course involves an intensive and in-depth approach to study over many years.
When looking for a psychotherapist it is always advisable to look for someone who has completed a UKCP accredited course. If you would like to read more about their register and the standards involved, you can do so here.
What Does ‘Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist’ Mean?
Central to Humanistic psychotherapy is a respect for each individual. Whatever your experience, however you feel, you will be valued for who you are. I believe firmly that in offering a compassionate, non-judgmental and safe environment each client can learn to trust their own experience and feelings. This provides a solid framework from which healing some of the deepest wounds experienced in life can begin to take place.
The term ‘integrative’ psychotherapist simply means that I also draw upon other models of psychotherapy when working with clients. In practice this allows us to work together in a way that suits you and your needs, rather than attempting to fit you into some predefined box. My training includes a focus upon humanistic, psychodynamic and intersubjective-systems theory.
You can find more details about the theoretical underpinnings of my approach at BCPC’s website: www.bcpc.org.uk
Alongside my private practice which has been running since 2013 I have also worked for two years with clients at the SWAN project in Bristol. This is one of the few places in the Bath and Bristol area which offers the opportunity for long-term low cost psychotherapy and counselling.
I have worked with clients seeking help with a variety of issues, including alcohol and addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, stress and relationship issues, or personal development.
I have a particular interest in how early relationships shape our experiences later in life. I also pursue research exploring how the changing environment affects our psychological well-being. In a time of accelerating climate change I believe it is essential to keep in mind the impact of the wider social, political and environmental challenges we are all necessarily a part of. Whilst we may not discuss such issues explicitly in sessions, I believe these aspects of life will always be a part of how we find ourselves situated in life at any given time.
I am also an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance (http://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/)
My professional background is in mental health. I worked for over eight years supporting individuals dealing with enduring mental health issues. My previous training includes a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at BCPC, a Certificate in Counselling Skills at Bath College, as well as a degree in Psychology and Study of Religions at Bath Spa University.
In addition to following all UKCP and BCPC professional guidance relevant to online therapy, I also have additional training with the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy which is an approved ACTO Online Training Provider.
Having trained as a psychotherapist at BCPC means I follow their Code of Practice which can be found here. My training is accredited by UKCP and as such I abide by their Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct, these can be found by clicking here.
My UKCP membership number is: 2011163038
You can also find me on the following sites:
- Counselling Directory – One of the leading directories of qualified psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK.
- BCPC Find a Therapist – Referral service helping clients find a counsellor or psychotherapist suited to their needs.
- Widcombe Therapy Room – Beautiful and private therapy room in bath from which a small community of therapists are based.
- UKCP Find a Therapist – UKCP directory of registered psychotherapists.
- Welldoing – NHS Choices recommended search site when looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist.
- Psychology Today – Information about psychology and wellbeing, including a comprehensive directory of psychotherapists and counsellors.
- Find a Therapy – A directory of therapists of different modalities across the UK.