Space - Kindness - Clarity
Update February 2024: My practice is almost full, but currently have one or two spaces at Dartington.
People choose to come to psychotherapy or counselling for all sorts of reasons.
Perhaps there is a particular crisis, such as bereavement, or a problem in a relationship or work. There may be more general feelings, like overwhelm, anxiety, depression, or stress. Sometimes there is just a vague sense of dissatisfaction and a wish to find greater fulfilment in life.
Psychotherapy offers a safe space in which we can explore feelings like these and be met with warmth and respect. It can support us to find our way through difficulties. It can also deepen our experience of life and help us to find greater satisfaction and well-being.
I have many years experience in helping clients who are facing difficulties with:
My practice is based at Dartington, in easy reach of Totnes, Torbay and Newton Abbot; I also work in Bovey Tracey, which is convenient for Ashburton, Chudleigh and Newton Abbot. Although I prefer to work face-to-face, I also offer sessions online when appropriate.
UPDATE February 2024: My practice is almost full, but I have one or two spaces for new clients at Dartington.
Core Process Psychotherapy is one of the original mindfulness-based approaches, integrating insights from ancient wisdom with the latest developments in psychotherapeutic practice. It is a powerful but gentle approach, which respects the needs of the individual.
In Core Process work, we take time to slow down and pay attention, without judgement, to our experience in the present moment. Through this kind and careful 'mindfulness', we can gain a clearer understanding of what causes us pain or difficulty; we can become more aware of how we are limited by old habits or expectations; we can discover a greater sense of freedom that allows us to make more satisfying choices.
People often ask if there is a difference between counselling and psychotherapy. There is no clear-cut distinction, but counselling tends to be time-limited (6-20 sessions) and more focused on a particular present difficulty. Psychotherapy is usually longer term and more open-ended, as it involves developing a trusting relationship to enable deeper, underlying issues and patterns to unfold.
Clinical supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and those in the helping professions
I believe that good supervision is an essential resource for a healthy working life, nourishing the practitioner as well as developing best practice for the benefit of clients.
I aim to provide supervision that is:
I have offered supervision since 2017 and have completed the training modules required for the Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Supervision. (OPAL)
I am an accredited psychotherapist, with many years experience in a variety of settings - private practice, NHS, Higher Education, and voluntary organisations. I have held mentoring and training roles and mentored psychotherapy trainees writing MA dissertations. I was a tutor on Open University modules in counselling and psychotherapy for 8 years.
MA in Core Process Psychotherapy (2010); UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist (2011)
My experience in counselling and psychotherapy stretches back over 25 years. After volunteering with the Samaritans for 5 years, I initially trained in Person Centred Counselling. Then I experienced the Core Process approach and was inspired to undertake the full training at the Karuna Institute.
I have worked with a wide range of people in a variety of settings, including the NHS, voluntary agencies and as a counsellor at Exeter University, but now work mainly in private practice.
I have personally experienced the benefits of psychotherapy and appreciate the the changes it can bring about. It has supported me through times of difficulty and challenged me to explore life in new and rewarding ways.
I am currently Chair of the Ethics, Equality and Diversity Committee of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP)
Please contact me to arrange a free introductory meeting (45 minutes). This is an opportunity to discuss your needs and how psychotherapy or counselling can be helpful, or to answer any questions you may have.
If we agree that we would like to work together, then we can arrange a trial period of six sessions before deciding whether to continue on a short or longer term basis.
Individual sessions last one hour and usually take place weekly.
I work in calm, pleasant rooms at Blacklers, on the Dartington Estate, near Totnes; and in Bovey Tracey.
Confidentiality and safety are paramount. What you speak about in sessions is confidential, unless there is serious risk to yourself or another, in which case I would hope to get your consent to share information.
Core Process Psychotherapists are bound by the Codes of Ethics and Professional Standards of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists. My work is fully supervised and insured.
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I collect, store and process personal information about you to enable me to run my psychotherapy practice. This information can include contact information, as well as information about your age, health (mental and physical), sexuality, domestic and financial arrangements and other special category data. I am able to collect this information upon the legal basis of "Legitimate Interests", as per GDPR regulations.
Your information is stored under lock and key and/or password protected . I may use this information to track the progress of our work together or to receive reflection and guidance from my supervisor. I will keep this information for up to 6 years, at which point it will be deleted.
With regards to how this information is used, you have the right to have information about you deleted, have inaccuracies corrected, the right to access information about you - free of charge - within 1 month, the right not to receive any unsolicited marketing, the right to determine how information about you is processed and the right to complain if you are unhappy about any of the above by contacting the Information Commissioners Office here: https://ico.org.uk/conce rns/, although I trust that you will try to discuss this with me in the first instance.
Should anything happen to me that prevents me from attending a session and from communicating with you directly - such as illness or death - then I have appointed a Therapeutic Executor who would be able to access your contact details to inform you should this situation arise.