ExperienceI have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 18 years, with extensive experience working as a tertiary care psychotherapist within the NHS as well as with a broad range of complex mental health problems.
My areas of expertise include:
Psychotherapy - Transactional Analysis and Integrative.
Counselling - warm, relational work.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR for Trauma)
Consultancy and Coaching
Training & Development
As well as offering a safe and highly confidential space for 1 to 1 therapy, I also offer a depth of experience as a clinical supervisor and as a trainer of therapists and counsellors. I offer clinical supervision and consultancy to a wide range of practitioners and organisations and his practice includes regular consultancy with police and security agencies, NHS mental health services, large companies and well-known academic institutes in the area.
The Horsforth Centre for Psychotherapy is the home of the TA Training Organisation - as well as short courses, we offer a UKCP-registered, four year+, master's level programme for training psychotherapists. As a co-director of TA Training Organisation, I deliver the training together with my colleagues.
My qualifications and professional memberships are as follows:
Counselling: a senior accredited member of BACP
Psychotherapy: a certified Transactional Analyst CTA(P). Also an accredited member of UKCP.
Supervisor & Trainer: holds the TSTA(P) qualification, is a member of UKATA and is a registered UKCP supervisor
CBT : an accredited member of the BABCP
I have also achieved the following:
MA Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dip HE Therapeutic Counselling
I am currently studying for my MSc. in Supervision which is a research-driven qualification.
My Philosophy as a practitionerI was thinking about what is really important to me - my values I guess - and how this really informs my practice.
The return of the capacity of freedom to be fully your self is really important to me. I think of it as emancipation - the individual freed up to be "fully in their own boots" - "to be fully themselves". This for me involves being potently kind and demands high levels of compassion and care for the individual.
I am very interested in difference and expressions of difference - especially in terms of gender identity and sexual expression. Cultural difference also engages my attention and enlivens me; it energises me.
The value system of Transactional Analysis is very important to me - that we are all, existentially OK. That we can all think and change and take responsibility for ourselves is a really important way that I see therapy operating.
I am very keen to offer a non-shaming environment where every can learn and engage and be fully themselves - freely expressing their relational needs without guilt or shame. I enjoy working with men who think therapy is a foreign land where they don't belong - and facilitating discovery of self and the return of capacities to think and feel and move in a liberated way. I enjoy working with women and especially considering structures of power that may have unhelpfully influenced them during their lives. I also enjoy working with those of differing gender and sexuality identities.