MSc, Dip Int Psych., UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
(Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision, Consultancy)
Why consult with me
In my practice I work with individuals and couples who refer themselves for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these reasons are specific such as dealing with a crisis in life – bereavement, work problems, trauma. At other times people may have a vague sense that things are not right, that they are unfulfilled or that life lacks meaning. These may be experienced in many different ways, such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, sexual problems or chronic physical symptoms. Many people come into therapy with significant imbalance between the level of support and the level of strain on their systems.
Some people also come specifically for personal exploration as a means of development rather than because something is problematic.
How I work
You will be treated with warmth and respect in private comfortable surroundings. You will have a safe confidential space to explore what is bothering you and I will neither judge nor trivialise your concerns. None of us can have too much kindness.
You will have an opportunity to take time to tell your story in relationship and to be met wherever or however you are.
Different people need to explore different aspects of themselves as relationships unfold and in the therapy I will be interested in all your relationships including the one with me.
My primary training is in integrative psychotherapy which bridges psychoanalytic and humanistic theories and is rooted in existential philosophy. Integrative psychotherapists use different ways of understanding people and their psychologies so therapy is tailored to the needs of the individual. It is therefore difficult to be very specific so these are pointers – perhaps to help you ask the questions that might interest you.
I offer holistic therapy and see it important to pay attention to the physical and spiritual aspects of the person as well as emotional and thinking aspects. I practice mindfulness meditation and see enormous benefit in slowing down and being as present as is possible.
After university I carried out scientific research and taught in secondary school for more than 10 years. It was there that I became interested in the psychology of learning and specifically why some pupils couldn’t make use of the education system. This led to training as a counsellor in a course based on the work of Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud.
I worked as head of the counselling team at the Terrence Higgins Trust and helped develop their services for people affected by HIV during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I studied Integrative Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institue (www.metanoia.ac.uk) between 1990 and 1995. I qualified in 1994 and gained my MSc in 1995 from Middlesex University. Since 1992 I have worked in private practice as a psychotherapist, counsellor, supervisor and trainer.
I taught on the Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology course at Metanoia Institute for 7 years and have been a visiting trainer for different organisations. I have sat on exam boards in the UK and Europe and was the moderator for the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute courses for a number of years.
I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (www,psychotherapy.org.uk) and of Metanoia Institute, and adhere to their Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice.
Longer term psychotherapy;
One off consultations – perhaps to talk through a problem or analyse a dream;
Clinical supervision and mentoring for psychotherapists and counsellors;
Consultancy including management supervision.