Therapy is about building an understanding of your unique experience of being human in a developing dialogue with a professional. It happens in a safe and confidential space which is available at the same time and place, usually weekly.
My approach to therapy is relational and integrative. ‘Integrative’ broadly refers to an approach to psychotherapy that incorporates ideas from several of the different traditional approaches to psychological therapy that have grown up over the past century or so, rather than adhering to one ‘school’ of thought. I draw on ideas from the three main branches of psychological thinking, namely psychoanalytic, humanistic and behavioural, to inform the way I work.
Training and experience
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 registered 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 the past few years and specialize in long term psychotherapy.
Other strands of professional work
Alongside my clinical work I am also involved in teaching, training, and supervision in the Counselling Psychology and psychotherapy research field. I am a Module Leader and tutor at Metanoia Institute in London and teach practitioner research on their Counselling Psychology doctoral training programme. I also supervise doctoral students’ research projects and sit on various assessment and examining boards for the programme.
I have also run workshops and discussion groups at Oxford University on the management of vicarious trauma for researchers in the social sciences.
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 major life transitions, which encompass both 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 the transgender experience.
Finally I have an interest in the area of vicarious trauma that can be suffered by social science researchers, humanitarian aid workers, (para)medics and police.
Sessions are weekly and last for one hour. I currently have availability on weekdays. My session fee is £65.
Please get in touch if you would like to arrange an initial session, or if you have any other queries. My contact details are below.
Tel: 07816 683 479