I am a BACP senior accredited counsellor & psychotherapist with over 30 years experience
of working with adults, couples and young people in a variety of settings. My practice
is generic and based in a private therapies centre within a large GP practice in
central Newcastle upon Tyne. There is plenty of car parking nearby and the centre
is only a 5 minute walk from Monument or Haymarket Metro / Bus stations.
My background was originally in psychology ( Newcastle University) followed by guidance
in schools and higher education. During the 80s I undertook professional training
in counselling & psychotherapy at Durham University and since then I have been engaged
in practicing, teaching and supervision.
I am skilled in and feel comfortable with using a variety of different approaches
to therapeutic work and describe myself as ‘eclectic’ which means that I am generally
able to offer effective therapy for most common problems and life issues. Following
the introductory session or sessions, I aim to be clear and transparent about the
approach or approaches I believe to be most suitable. These are explained to the
client in a straightforward way so that he or she can participate in choosing a way
I offer both short term focused or goal oriented work and long term open ended work
depending on the needs and budget of the client. In short term work (6 - 12 sessions)
there is generally a clear aim or goal agreed at the beginning which is reviewed
from time to time to check on progress towards it, In longer term work, goals are
also helpful but there may be more time available to explore the client’s past experiences
and link them to current difficulties. Understanding how problems have arisen in
the first place can be reassuring and provide a solid base from which to plan new
and more positive coping strategies for the future. (It is also usually possible
to include some past – present work in shorter term therapy).
It is not always clear at the outset whether short or long term is required and in
any case many clients prefer to proceed on a session by session basis without making
any prior commitment to a specific number of sessions.