About me and my therapy practice
I have returned to face-to-face working; but also do work online sessions when that is more feasible.
I offer humanistic, psychodynamic based integrative therapy; informed by Gestalt practice and the relational approach, and embracing aspects of cognitive therapy working both in the short term, identifying specific problems or the longer term, which offers the chance, with support to make real changes.
What does this mean practically? Principally, it means creating a safe setting where someone can begin to explore their own experiences and begin to work out what they feel and what they trust. Daily life is often a compromise that doesn’t give the space to explore our deepest feelings and therefore change for the better is more often than not, painfully, on hold.
Areas include depression, anxiety, illness, illness recovery, low self-esteem, relationship patterns, parental issues, addictions, bereavement and questions of meaning & purpose.
Sometimes we need help in our journeys to find out who we really are; we need a different perspective from friends and family, someone who is impartial, someone who can let us breath, who won’t react to what we say, won’t talk over us, and offer what ‘they think’ responses. Someone who can offer us a ‘confidential space’ that we can use with confidence; in busy daily lives this often feels lacking.
Counselling and therapy can offer this space to re-evaluate what is happening, what one wants, who one is and is a chance to talk about things that perhaps no else has properly listened to. Talking to someone in this way can make a real difference when we may have become stuck, directionless, depressed or caught in negative relationships or situations that seem beyond our control. It can help us understand where we are and what we really feel, but more importantly can help us work out where we need to go. Someone impartial can offer this exploration, change and permission.
I completed training at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, a course accredited by both BACP & UKCP qualifying in humanistic and integrative counselling (DipHIC, distinction, BCPC). This follows a life-long interest in people, their motivations and their relationships. I have a first class degree in psychology (Bath 2001), an MLiTT in creative writing (Glasgow, 2011) and two decades of experience in mental health, both the charity sector e.g. Mind, & Changes, Bristol but also in the NHS, working on acute mental health wards, and for the last four years counselling in addictions in Bristol. On top of counselling I facilitate groups, and also run creative writing workshops.
My first session
The First Step
The first session would be introductory (either online, face to face, or by phone); of 50 mins where you will be able to share what has been going on for you and maybe offer some goals you wish to achieve from the therapy. I will happily discuss the therapeutic process and try to answer any questions. This is a stand-alone meeting, where you can pause, reflect, and make the decision if you wish to start in therapy. If you decide you would wish to proceed then we would set up an on-going weekly appointment.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men’s issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person-centred, Phenomenological, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Organisations
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited