I offer a completely non-judgmental environment in which we can discuss and explore whatever you need, however large or small, clear or abstract, intimate or public your challenges are. I consider the relationship that develops between us as an important element to our time together, as through this we can wonder how your other relationships work (or don't), and how we can use ours as a template for the change you seek.
I feel that my key role is to help my clients to integrate their thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour into a cohesive whole so that none of these are acting against each other, as perhaps they are at the moment.
To do this I am interested and alert to how each of those ingredients present themselves in our sessions: how you feel about your story, how you behave in response to your challenges, how your body reacts to the things we discuss in the room.
Together we will piece together the clues that these reactions (or lack of reactions) represent, and see what is blocking you from having the life you really want. And we'll work out how best to pursue it.
I have conducted over 4,200 therapy sessions, variously in private practice, for a drama school counselling service I founded and ran for 5 years, a university counselling team (2 years), and a low cost service (2 years).
I'm a BACP and UKCP registered psychotherapist, following six years of training at the Minster Centre, one of Europe's leading centres for integrative psychotherapy. From there i received a diploma, an advanced diploma and a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Prior to my working as a therapist, I was a freelance theatre director for 18 years, directing eighty productions on the London fringe, on tour, at the Edinburgh Festival and for several leading drama schools. I was also a playwright and lighting desiger. I bring some of my creative instincts into my work as a therapist when it feels appropriate, as a means to gently help some clients to connect with their challenges and maybe even to practice developing some solutions.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.