I have trained at The Minster Centre, a leading organisation in the UK within the field of Psychotherapy. I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and BACP work within their ethical framework and my work is regularly supervised.
I have worked within two counselling services in London; The Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service and The Awareness Centre which included working with clients in an NHS setting.
I have experience of working with presenting issues of: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, sexuality, gender & identity, cultural issues and race, family & relationship issues, guilt & shame, isolation & loneliness, low self-esteem, social anxiety, obsessional compulsive disorders, sexual abuse and trauma.
I have also volunteered for Maytree, a suicide respite service.
Much of my working life has been in the charitable sector, which I have combined with working as a craftsperson. Throughout my life I have had an interest in the principles of Zen Buddhism and meditation, which led me to complete training in Zen practices. This interest led to my desire to train in counselling and psychotherapy. As a result, the way in which I work is informed by having a mindful awareness about how we react to everything around us and within us.
HOW I WORK
I offer short and long term therapy to individuals (18 years of age and above) on a regular weekly basis.
I work in an Integrative way which means that I draw on a range of therapeutic theories including: a psychodynamic approach, body psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural and attachment theory. What has radically changed in the field of contemporary therapy is a move in focus towards the relational, and the therapeutic relationship where we work together. Our aim is to be as open as we can with each-other; if you want to know what I am feeling about something, I am happy for you to ask.
Clients have said that they have experienced therapy with me as a safe and supportive and also appropriately challenging environment within which to explore feelings and gain insight and awareness.
At our first session I will ask you some questions to create an assessment of your past history, current issues and what you would like from therapy. This is also a time to talk about any questions you have about therapy. This a chance for us to meet and think about whether we could work together.