After a profoundly helpful experience of therapy myself, I trained at Brighton University as a Psychodynamic Counsellor. Previously, I worked in business operations and management for 15 years. I have a BA degree in Comparative Religion.
The psychodynamic approach is about exploring experiences (often from childhood) that have led to unhelpful behavioural procedures and belief systems in adult life. By coming to understand why we repeatedly behave or react in a particular way, we have the possibility of adopting healthier responses and improving the quality of our relationships. We can learn to respond consciously rather than react unconsciously. This is emotional growth.
During our lives we build defences to protect us from emotional pain. These defences are ingenious solutions to difficulties we have encountered, but can lead us into trouble if they become rigid and habitual. Maintaining defences takes huge psychic effort, and letting go of them can bring more intimacy to relationships and greater meaning and richness to the experience of life.
I believe everyone possesses the resources to face the challenges and traumas that life inevitably presents, but sometimes we need help to find our own strength. The privacy and anonymity of counselling can provide a helpful space to ‘put’ your concerns, and the time to reflect on them within the context of a safe and supportive relationship.
After an initial conversation on the phone, the first session acts as a mutual assessment, in which we can discuss the challenges you currently face, what you hope to achieve in therapy, and whether my approach seems right for you. I offer open-ended or short-term counselling, on a weekly or twice-weekly basis.
Once-weekly: £55/50 mins
Twice-weekly: £50/50 mins