Therapy Approach and Getting Started
Passion for the Possibilities and Potential of therapy
Work through difficulties, increase self-understanding, obtain relief from distress with Face-to-Face or Online Therapy
Transactional Analysis is the main theory underpinning my work. This is a theory which can help us understand how we become who we are, and how we grow and change during the life course. With its focus on how people develop and change, it is a theory which can be used very effectively in psychotherapy and counselling to help work through difficulties in relationships or situations, to increase understanding of ourselves, and to gain relief from symptoms such as anxiety and depression. However, Transactional Analysis, also includes a relational depth theory which can be useful when deeper emotional change is needed.
I am also interested in the ways in which anxiety and depression emerge from having a sense of separateness or isolation and from difficulties in relationships, either in the present or in the past. These may not always be conscious, but might be held in the unconscious mind.
One further factor contributes to my approach: a passion for the possibilities and potential of psychotherapy and counselling. From a personal perspective, engaging with regular, ongoing psychotherapy has been a life-changing experience. It led to my training and development as a psychotherapist, a very personal transformation, and a commitment to sharing the opportunities for self-understanding and change that can emerge through a therapy process.
Experience and Professional Practice
I currently work in private practice (both face-to-face and online) with individuals and couples. Therapy can be open-ended (for an indefinite period, the time frame worked out according to need as the therapy proceeds) or for an agreed number of sessions. We can discuss your particular needs when we first meet.
Previously, I worked at a Women’s Centre in Lancashire (for three years) where I provided psychotherapy and counselling under the umbrella of the NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative. Here I provided short-term therapy within an eight-session therapeutic model.
I adhere to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Code of Ethics and receive regular supervision according to UKCP guidelines. I am currently completing Advanced Clinical Training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, as part of working towards accreditation as a Certified Transactional Analyst and achieving UKCP-Registered status as a Psychotherapist. I am also a registered therapist with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)
Location for Psychotherapy or Counselling
Therapy sessions take place at Counselling Rooms in Chorlton, which is based in Trafalgar House on the corner of High Lane and Barlow Moor Road. It is easily accessible from all of the South Manchester area, including Altrincham, Stretford, Didsbury, Flixton, Timperley, Hale and Urmston.
Information about the Counselling Rooms can be found here, and a map is given below.
How to Contact Me
If you have any questions about starting psychotherapy or counselling, about any of the services I offer, or would like to make an appointment please do contact me by phone or text message on 07891 613580 or by email
email is probably the quickest and most convenient way to contact me, but if you prefer phone contact or that is more convenient for you then please do call.
I am usually available at various points throughout the day and often will respond to your message within 1-2 hours during my working day, (9am - 9pm Monday to Friday). If this is not possible then I will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.