Welcome to my private counselling practice in Basingstoke, Hampshire. I’m a fully qualified counsellor with 20 years’ experience working with a wide range of people and concerns.
I have worked in a variety of settings, including many years running counselling services in local colleges. My professional therapy training includes a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia, completed in 1999, and I’ve since undertaken many other professional development activities. I am a Registered Member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and am fully insured.
How I work
My approach to counselling is a personal one, offering a respectful, non-judgemental and confidential therapeutic relationship. I trained initially in Person-Centred Therapy but am interested in anything that helps us to understand your concerns, including psychological, philosophical and political perspectives. These help me provide a genuine, compassionate and thoughtful space, so that we can work together on whatever it is that’s troubling you.
This kind of counselling can help in various ways: to gain insight into yourself and your relationships; to reduce stress, anxiety and depression; to feel less overwhelmed or isolated; to make changes in your life (or begin to accept things that can't change); to work towards personal goals; to feel more hopeful or that life has more meaning.
As well as working privately in Basingstoke, I have been employed for many years as a counsellor and counselling service coordinator in a universities and colleges in Hampshire. I have also volunteered for community counselling services, including an adult crisis centre, a youth counselling service and a sexual abuse helpline. For my counsellor training placements, I worked in a university counselling service and a prison.
Since qualifying, I have written regularly about counselling and psychotherapy in books and journals and for three years was Ethical Dilemmas editor for Self & Society, an international journal for humanistic psychology. You can see a list of some of my published work here.
Outside of counselling, I am also a father, a fan of contemporary music and literature, and a keen home cook.