I am a Family Therapist. I offer an informal collaborative approach to difficulties, creating a safe, trusting space where clients are helped to make meaning of their experiences, recognise their resources, and find more constructive ways of talking and relating to those important to them.
As a systemic psychotherapist I think about difficulties in the context of people's relationships and social experiences, rather than problems located inside them. I have many years of experience in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and have worked with many young people and adults who, in addition to living through challenging circumstances, have been diagnosed with developmental difficulties such as Learning Disability, ADHD, ASD and/or mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, psychosis. I continue to work in a specialist NHS service for families where one or more members are deaf. I enjoy working with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and across the life cycle from the very young to the elderly. I have a special interest in trauma - in what has happened to people and how this can continue to shape their experience.
I am a registered Supervisor with the Association of Family Therapy.
In relation to my own family I am a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, and a partner.
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.