I have worked as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor since 2001. I studied for an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London and qualified in June 2008.
I have worked with a diverse group of people facing a wide variety of challenges such as relationship issues; childhood trauma and neglect; physical, sexual and emotional abuse; stress and anxiety; adjustment to life stage changes; low self esteem; the impact of family break-up; bereavement and depression.
I work within a humanistic model, at the heart of which is the client/therapist relationship. One of my key aims is to create a safe, open, non-judgemental relationship in which you feel able to explore your own natural process resulting in deeper self understanding. I am there to help facilitate this process which can only happen through the trusted relationship that we will build over time.
Some people enter into therapy wanting to change. One of the central pillars of Gestalt therapy is the belief that “change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not”, (Beisser, 1970). One of the main aims of Gestalt therapy is to encourage clients to enter into all aspects of their experience as fully as they are able. Through this profound attitude of self-acceptance, clients make a radically different (and transformative) change to their normal attitude to themselves. So, in order to change, one needs to give up trying to change.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist I worked in the business world for over 20 years which helps me as a therapist in many ways, such as understanding work relationship dynamics and the pressures of a commercial environment. At different stages of my life I have lived and worked abroad.
I offer both short term (6-12 sessions) and ongoing weekly therapy depending on your needs which we can discuss together when we meet.