I am a qualified and accredited UKCP gestalt psychotherapist and accredited BACP Counsellor with over twenty three years experience of working in therapeutic services. I have worked in public sector Mental Health Services for over 16 years and I have now managed a private practice which is available to members of the public and organisations for 14 years. I offer Gestalt Counselling and Psychotherapy in the West Midlands in an area which is easily accessible from Birmingham, Worcestershire and surrounding areas.  I am an associate Psychotherapist to The Professional Footballers Association (The PFA) in Partnership with Sporting Chance Clinic, also to ‘Retail Trust’ , National Adoption services, The Practitioner Network and ‘Towards Healing’.
I have experience from working with a wide range of difficulties some of which I have listed below along with my relevant credentials achieved before May 2015;

2011 – Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
2010 – Post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
2009 – Post graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
2007 – Diploma in Counselling (Level 4).
2005 – Certificate in Counselling (Level 3).
1996 – Higher National Diploma in Play Specialism.
1993 – Btec National Diploma in Caring Services.

Additional training

2019 ‘Rewind Trauma’- approved to practise the Rewand Trauma approach. Facilitated by Dr David Muss; Originator of the Rewind Technique for PTSD 1991, Founder International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy). Author: The Trauma Trap (self-help ebook, Amazon) Director, PTSD Unit,(1989-2018) (BMI Hospital. Birmingham, (UK)

2019 ‘Working safely and professionally with erotic transference and counter-transference’ (BACP Training event facilitated by Sally Openshaw)

2017 – ‘Working with Relational Trauma’ PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)

2017 – ‘Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery’ PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)

‘2015 – Promoting safer therapeutic services.

2013 – Making Trauma Therapy Safer; Facilitated by Babette Rothschild

2013 – Making Trauma Therapy Safer; Facilitated by Babette Rothschild
2013 – Safeguarding children and Young People Level 3
2012 – Mental Health Act Awareness
2012 – Mental Capacity Act & DOLS Awareness
2009 – Solihull Approach
2008 – Sexual Abuse training
2003 – Crisis Prevention

Areas of experience
Sexual issues – Psychosexual therapy
Relationship issues – Affairs, Betrayals, Separation and Divorce
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Personality Disorders
Mental Health
Low self confidence
Eating Disorders – Anorexia Nervosa, Binge eating, Bulimia Nervosa.
Termination, Abortion, Miscarriage
Depression – Bipolar Disorder, Manic Depression, Post natal Depression.
Work related issues
Abuse – Emotional Physical, Sexual
Addiction – Alcohol, Drug, Gambling, Smoking.
Anger Management
Anxiety – General, Panic attacks, Phobias.
Bereavement and Loss
Career counselling
Child related issues

Self – Help Mental Health Information

Kids Health: Your Mind: Click Here
Living Life to the Full: Click Here
MIND Information: Click Here
Mental Health Foundation: Click Here
Mental Health Matters: Click Here
Mental Health Self-Help: Click Here
Mental Help Net: Click Here
ParentLine Plus: Click Here
Psychology Self-Help on the Internet: Click Here
The Samaritans: Click Here
World Health Organisation Guide to Mental Health: Click Here
Young Minds: Click Here


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