recently my work was equally divided between being a Principal Lecturer
in Counselling and Psychotherapy teaching on a BACP- accredited
counsellor training programme at Nottingham Trent University, and
my independent practice as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical
supervisor and consultant. Now most of my work is as a practitioner.
After 5 years in publishing and 2 years as a school teacher, I have
worked for over 30 years in the guidance, counselling and therapy
field. The following spans of experience werent mutually exclusive,
so adding them doesnt mean Im in my nineties!
years as a careers guidance practitioner
years as trainer in Higher Education (mainly of professionals
in careers guidance, education, nursing, and for the last 10
years as a RELATE counsellor
years as a University student and staff counsellor
years as an independent counsellor and psychotherapist
years as a clinical supervisor and practice consultant
These are the three areas related to my work:-
4 years in Transactional Analysis
2 years in relationship counselling
postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
Certificate in Counselling supervision
Accredited as a Counsellor by the BACP
Registered as an Independent Counsellor by the UKRC
in Careers Guidance
Ed (Teachers Certificate)
as a Counsellor Trainer by the BACP
I have been registered as blind since 1980 (although I retain a
little usable vision), and am experienced in working with people
who are facing issues of disability, loss and adjustment.
am available for:
Counselling and psychotherapy
Clinical and training supervision
(please contact me to
discuss your needs)
(0115) 969 3396 fax: (0115) 969 3663
or email me
it is, and what its for
I offer here a slightly amended version of the description provided
by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
in the introduction to its codes of ethics and practice for counsellors
(now replaced by an Ethical Framework see Safeguards)
There is no generally accepted distinction between counselling
and psychotherapy. There are well founded traditions which use
the terms interchangeably and others which distinguish between
them. Regardless of the theoretical approaches preferred by individual
counsellors or psychotherapists, there are ethical issues which
are common to all therapeutic practice.
The overall aims of counselling and psychotherapy are to provide
an opportunity for the client to work towards living in a way
he or she experiences as more satisfying and resourceful. The
terms counselling and psychotherapy include work with individuals,
pairs/couples or groups of people. The objectives of a therapeutic
relationship will vary according to the client's needs. Counselling
and psychotherapy can be concerned with developmental issues;
addressing and resolving specific problems; making decisions;
coping with crises, choices and changes; developing self-insight
and knowledge; working through feelings of inner conflict; improving
relationships with others. The therapists rôle is
to facilitate the client's work in ways which respect the client's
values, personal resources and capacity for choice within his
or her cultural context.
Counselling and psychotherapy involves a deliberately undertaken
contract with clearly agreed boundaries and commitment to privacy
and confidentiality. It requires explicit and informed agreement.
Should you wish to explore more thoroughly whether counselling
and psychotherapy is suitable for you I suggest you obtain a BACP
booklet entitled "Counselling and Psychotherapy is
it for me? A Client guide" by contacting BACP on their
product ordering phone number: 0870 443 5172.
experience and credentials
brief, I have over eighteen years experience as a counsellor and
psychotherapist in private practice; during that time I have also
worked as a University student and staff counsellor and a RELATE
counsellor. See my profile for more details and a summary of my
trainings. Since 1994 I have also been an EAP counsellor, which
means that I have been selected to provide counselling for the
employees of a large number of major companies based in (or with
branches in) the East Midlands. As a counsellor trainer for the
last ten years, I have gained many more insights for myself, both
theoretical and practical. As a clinical supervisor
of many other therapists since 1988 I have increased my understanding
of a vast range of client concerns and therapeutic responses.
I am very aware of the potentially high levels of vulnerability
which many of my clients experience, and I work to the highest
possible professional and ethical standards in all aspects of
my practice. To this end I have sought and been awarded two accreditations
by the BACP, one as a practitioner and the other as a trainer.
This is the highest level of practitioner licensing currently
available for counsellors in the UK.
The theoretical underpinnings to the way I practise are essentially
humanistic and reflect my own travels within two connected dimensions.
The first being in a theoretical landscape of Transactional Analysis
and the Person Centred Approach, and made much more varied and
enriching by frequent trips into other conceptual territories
including Gestalt, Existentialism, Personal Construct Theory,
and the Transpersonal.
The other dimension to my travels in this area is concerned with
the ways in which I acquired, digested and processed the varied
theories and philosophies I encountered en route to now. In what
often feels like an entirely random manner, and certainly an idiosyncratic
one, I have rotated through the rôles of learner, client,
practitioner and teacher many times over, each supplementing,
questioning, extending and deepening my understandings when occupying
the other roles
This process of evolving a theoretical and philosophical approach
over more than 20 years does not end by me reaching a conclusion,
nor is I an entirely conceptual/intellectual process. I prefer
the term theory in action and I comfortably acknowledge that it/I
will continue to develop for as long as I practise. My discomfort
arises when Im pushed to self-define, i.e. to label my theoretical
base. Lamely I resort to the conventional "Integrative"
. . .
One day Ill get a new handle on this.
I work with adults (over 16) either as individuals or pairs/couples.
I use the rather clumsy term pairs/couples to embrace a range
of different relationships (sexual or otherwise) e.g. parent/child,
same sex or heterosexual partnerships, and so on. I also offer
a mediation and conciliation service (see Consultancy) for people
who experience a need to resolve difficult situations in their
dealings with others (e.g. work colleagues, parent/step-parent;
ex-spouse or partner/current one) but dont seek therapy.
I dont work with children (under 16) I dont
have the specialist expertise or experience, and legal issues
can complicate what I see as therapeutic imperatives. Nor do I
offer family therapy, for similar reasons plus lack of resources.
Clients issues and concerns
I consider myself to be a general practitioner; I feel I have
sufficient training and experience to engage competently with
most clients and most problems. The sorts of issues
which often bring to work on include:- anxiety, stress, trauma,
relationship, sexual, coping with choices and changes, work related,
health-related, childhood neglect and/or abuse, grief and loss.
My primary professional interests in which I have undertaken
most research are concerned with facing and managing choices
and changes, which often present as mid-life issues, and these
invariably involve clients experiencing loss and problems of adjustment.
Not all problems are treatable by talking therapy
and some, when they emerge, are outside of my area of competence
and expertise. When such circumstances arise I will explain the
situation to my client and either offer to make an appropriate
referral to a relevant specialist or give information about alternative
help and support sources, if at all possible.
you, as a client, are safeguarded
only do I protect my established reputation as competent and ethical
professional practitioner by working to the highest possible standards,
I am also required to practise to a set of standards, known as the
Ethical Framework devised and laid down by the BACP.
The Association also has a formal Complaints Procedure which entitles
any client of a BACP member, who believes they have been treated
unethically, to complain to the Association. In the event that a
complaint made about me should be found proven by the BACP, I would
be at risk of having my registration (accreditation) rescinded.
This is another, powerful, motivation which fuels my commitment
to maintain high professional standards.
To view the Ethical Framework, click
here. (To find the Complaints Procedure, choose the Professional
Conduct Procedure page of the Framework and go to item 2).
Should you decide to see another therapist, and not me, I strongly
advise you to choose a practitioner registered with either the BACP
or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Location and facilities
My consulting room is situated on Villa Road, just off Mansfield Road,
Nottingham (A60), approximately 800m north of Nottingham city centre.
It is a safe and comfortable ground floor room with a large south
facing window which overlooks a spacious and private garden. Access
is relatively wheelchair friendly! forecourt
parking is adjacent to the front door; there are two porch steps to
be negotiated. There is a ground floor WC.
location with streetmap.co.uk
Contact Details for PRAXIS-PPD
16 VILLA ROAD
tel: (0115) 8471758 fax: (0115) 969 3663
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