Welcome to my website. I am a Relational Integrative Therapist in advanced training at Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute (SCPTI). I have been working with clients in the charitable sector and in private practice for three years.
I work one to one with adults and offer weekly sessions of 50 minutes. Whilst in training my fee is £30 per session.
I currently have sessions available on Tuesday afternoons at St. Gabriel’s Parish Centre in Heaton: see on map. I may have other times available, please ask.
It is really important to find a therapist you feel you can have a good working relationship with. I offer a free initial meeting of up to 50 minutes so you can get an idea of what it would be like for us to work together. I will work with you to build a trusting relationship that allows us to explore together whatever brings you to therapy.
I have always been fascinated by the many ways we search for meaning in our lives, and in the ways we support each other (or fail to). I know how amazing and transformative good relationships of all kinds can be, and how painful it can be when we struggle to find or keep them. I am passionate about helping people learn to relate to themselves, others and the world in the fullest possible way.
My background is in visual arts and literature. I find art and stories can be powerful tools in helping us to understand ourselves and the world.
I am a trainee member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), working towards accreditation. I am fully insured and DBS checked and I abide by the ethical principles of SCPTI and the UKCP: UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct
“Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the possibility of planting into another mind a seed sprouted in ours and watching it blossom into a breath-taking flower of mutual understanding; and the possibility of being wholly misunderstood, reduced to a withering weed. Candour and clarity go a long way in fertilizing the soil, but in the end there is always a degree of unpredictability in the climate of communication — even the warmest intention can be met with frost. Yet something impels us to hold these possibilities in both hands and go on surrendering to the beauty and terror of conversation, that ancient and abiding human gift. And the most magical thing, the most sacred thing, is that whichever the outcome, we end up having transformed one another in this vulnerable-making process of speaking and listening.” (Maria Popova)