Therapy is about building an understanding of your unique experience of being human in a developing dialogue with someone who not only has the appropriate training, but perhaps as importantly, who is not a friend or family member. Often the responses we get from those around us to the things that trouble us are either to try to ‘fix’ things, or to tell us about their own experience. In therapy there is space for more focused attention on your experiences, and the possibility of deeper exploration and understanding of familiar patterns of thinking and feeling. This process can often lead us into new and more fulfilling ways of living, with more autonomy and more satisfying relationships.
I offer therapy in a safe and confidential space which is available weekly at the same time and in the same room. My approach to therapy is relational and my training is what is called ‘integrative’. This broadly refers to an approach to psychotherapy that incorporates ideas from several of the different traditional approaches to psychological thinking that have grown up over the past century or so. Rather than adhering to one ‘school’ of thought, I draw on ideas from several branches of psychology, principally from the psychodynamic, humanistic and developmental neuroscience fields, to inform the way I work with people.
Training and experience
I decided to train as a therapist having been really helped in my own therapy. I trained at Metanoia Institute in London on their Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies, which is accredited by Middlesex University.
I am a registered Integrative Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in various short and long term therapeutic settings over the years, including a student counselling service, a women’s counselling centre and a drug and alcohol addiction recovery service. I have been working in private practice for eight years, and mostly offer medium to long term psychotherapy.
Other strands of professional work
Alongside my clinical work I have in the past been involved in teaching, training, and supervision in the Counselling Psychology and psychotherapy research field. I continue to supervise doctoral students’ research projects and sit on various assessment and examining boards for the DCPsych programme at Metanoia Institute in London.
As a result of experiences during my own research, I became interested in vicarious trauma in social science research, and I set up and ran workshops and discussion groups at Oxford University for a number of years for researchers to support them in recognizing and managing the impact of vicarious trauma.
Research and areas of specialisation
My doctoral research focused on the narratives of ex-military members of their experiences of psychological therapy. I have a broad interest in working with people who have spent long stretches of their lives in institutional settings such as boarding school, the armed forces, and religious communities. I also have an interest in working with people living vicariously with traumatic experience through their work, for example those in the medical, social work and care professions, and the police.
I also have an interest in major life transitions, which encompass life stages like having a baby, children leaving home, bereavement or retirement, and major psychological transitions such as the desire to separate from a particular community, culture, religion or world view, and sexuality and transgender issues.
Sessions are weekly and last for one hour. My session fee is £65 for daytime sessions and £75 for evening sessions after 6pm.
Please get in touch if you would like to arrange an initial meeting, or if you have any other queries. My contact details are below.
Tel: 07816 683 479