Before committing to an initial therapy session I offer a free 20minute consultation where we would collaboratively discuss what it is you might be looking for if you were to engage in the therapy process. It would enable to me hear some of the challenges you are currently facing and if or how I might be able to help. This initial conversation is also a chance for us to get to know each other and to assess whether it is a 'fit' going forward.
Whether it is your first time engaging in the therapy process, or you've had previous experience of therapy I hope to provide a reflective space for you to navigate some of your predicaments and create a context for change. I don't claim to be a therapist that 'fixes' however I do aim in our course of work together to be helpful and useful to you so that when you move away from the therapy session you feel it has been a worthwhile encounter.
The direction and course of therapy would be very much led by you and what you might want to talk about. As we talk I might be interested and curious about certain aspects of what is being said, and it is this I would use to inform the session and attempt to introduce a different type of talk that moves us it into a more therapeutic conversation. This might bring forth new information and where you find yourself making different connections and associations in relation to the presenting predicament. Different ideas or ways of looking at things not previously thought about may be offered up or collaboratively created together throughout the course of therapy. I have an interest in creativity and playful methods of working and how this might enrich the therapeutic experience.
As a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist this enables me to work with individuals, couples, groups and teams. I have extensive experience working across the lifespan from children to older adults. My training enables me to work with most clinical conditions and/or life challenges and predicaments. I have a special interest and expertise in working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); divorce and separation; couple related issues; parenting; family breakdown; eating disorders; addiction; psychosexual issues; and obsessive compulsive related disorders such as trichotillomania to name but a few. In addition, I also work with organisations in both the private and public sector offering consultation in relation to various challenges and predicaments that can arise within the workplace. This work also entails a training strand where I deliver bespoke training to team systems within an organisation around such things as communication, building staff morale, and thinking about our working relationships.
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.