As a psychotherapist my aim is to create a confidential, sensitive and supportive environment where you feel able to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. We look at what is happening in your life at present and in the past, to understand how your life experiences have contributed to the person you are today and to the circumstances that you find yourself in.
Psychotherapy for individuals and couples
By coming to psychotherapy you are taking the first step towards change. I have worked with many clients presenting with a wide range of issues such as:
Sometimes circumstances and feelings can be so overwhelming that people feel stuck, confused and torn. In therapy we can gain more clarity about where we are at, who we are, and different ways forward.
How long does psychotherapy take?
I see clients for anywhere between 6 sessions and several years. The length of therapy depends on the presenting issues and on what you hope to get from therapy. Many clients benefit a great deal from just a small amount of sessions where there is usually a focus on a few issues.
Some clients gain clarity from talking through their situation with me, from exploring their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Others benefit from having a safe space where difficult feelings can emerge and be expressed, allowing clients to move on with greater emotional wellbeing.
Where clients face more complex and deep seated issues, the work may go on for 6 to 9 months or longer. It takes time for our behavioural, feeling and thinking patterns to form. It equally takes time to unravel these and for new positive patterns to become integrated as part of you. In a long-term therapy we work towards fundamental and lasting change.
Through paying attention to the therapeutic relationship that evolves between client and therapist, unconscious patterns of feeling, behaving and relating with others can be understood and changed.
I work with clients weekly during a regular, agreed slot. The duration of therapy can be open-ended or for an agreed time period of six sessions or more, depending on the issues presented. Couples counselling usually lasts between 6 and 8 sessions. My fee is £50 pounds per session.
I usually offer evening and daytime appointments, including Saturday morning. Daytime appointments are more easily available.
If counselling or psychotherapy could be for you, I would be delighted to hear from you. It is best to contact me by email by using the email contact form. We can then agree on the best time for a short, confidential phone call, if necessary, before booking an initial consultation.
Location - Berkhamsted and Bovingdon, near Hemel Hempstead- Hertfordshire
My counselling and psychotherapy practice is run out of two locations in Hertfordshire close to the Buckinghamshire border:
Bovingdon, on the premises of Acorn Wellbeing, a counselling centre within easy reach of Hemel Hempstead, Chesham, Kings Langley and Berkhamsted.
Berkhamsted, on the premises of Carmenta Life, a medical and wellbeing centre, located near the station and with parking nearby. Berkhamsted is within easy reach of Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Bovingdon, Aylesbury, Chesham and Amersham.
Full clinical member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
Registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Diploma in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy
Diploma in Transactional Analysis psychotherapeutic counselling
Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)
Member IARTA, EATA and Metanoia Institute