About MeHello - first of all, if you are considering having counselling or psychotherapy, you will want to know something about me as a therapist.
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with over twenty years experience and I now work on a private basis on the outskirts of Lincoln . As an Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I work to their code of ethics and hold a Master’s degree in counselling, gained at Nottingham University.
I have previously worked as a therapist in a GP surgery and other areas of the NHS, including counselling staff at a local hospital. In addition, I worked for nearly ten years in a large organisation in Lincoln, providing counselling for local government employees. Recently, as well as seeing clients, I worked as an Associate Lecturer at Lincoln University, facilitating seminars on Psychotherapy with students.
One big concern for new clients is the issue of confidentiality - I want to reassure you that everything that you say in the counselling room is between you and me and not shared with anyone else. I work to the BACP Code of Ethics and apart from exceptional circumstances such as someone's life being in danger, every client can be assured of complete confidentiality. I do not write notes about clients on the computer either - any personal details are kept in locked files.
My private practice is for individuals and couples to whom I offer a warm, confidential and welcoming environment in which clients can feel safe. Using a range of therapies I endeavour to meet each client’s needs, wanting them to feel supported during times when they feel particularly anxious.
When couples come to counselling, it’s a big step to accept that their relationship needs help and support to get back on track. However, they can learn strategies to enable them to overcome whatever is troubling them within the relationship.
When clients first make contact, they’re often not sure what they’re looking for and hope to gain from counselling. This is particularly true if this is the first time they have ever considered seeing a counsellor and it can be very hard for them to take that intial step. If this is true in your case, please be assured that I will try to put your mind at rest.
Equally, if you’ve tried counselling before and for various reasons feel that it hasn’t worked for you or you feel that you need a different approach, we can discuss that by phone or e.mail in the first instance.