After a profoundly helpful experience of therapy myself, I trained as a counsellor (PgDip) and psychotherapist (MSc). I also have a degree in Comparative Religions, and have worked previously in business and in the performing arts.
I believe we all possess the resources to face the challenges and traumas that life can present, but sometimes we need help to find our own strength. I have worked with people suffering from anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, life transitions, trauma and abuse.
The psychodynamic approach is about exploring experiences (often from childhood) that have led to unhelpful beliefs, thought patterns and behavioural procedures 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.
It is sometimes hard to talk to those closest to us, and the privacy and anonymity of therapy 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.
The first step is to arrange a convenient time to speak on the phone for about 15 minutes, to discuss briefly what has brought you to therapy and whether my approach is right for you. We can then either book a first appointment or I can help you assess the options for alternative support.
I offer once or twice-weekly sessions, open-ended, or short-term (8-12 weeks).
UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)
£60 once-weekly / £55 twice-weekly