I am a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist working both independently and for 34 years the NHS. I have worked for over 30 years with people with mental health issues, emotional and relationship difficulties. An important part of this is about developing a secure and trusting relationship where you can feel safe enough to talk about difficult and sometimes painful experiences without feeling judged. My role in this is both to support and challenge you in ways that respect you, strengthen your understanding of and belief in yourself, and develop your underlying sense of resilience. As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist I am trained to help you think about your relationships with other people, and with yourself , including sometimes thinking about how you respond and relate to me. Making links between current difficulties and the roots of these in past experiences can help you recognise patterns that increases your own self awareness and trust in yourself, ultimately helping you to realise your full potential.
I have trained as a Specialist NHS Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist qualifying in 2007, and prior to thisI competed a Post Graduate Diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy in 1996. Both trainings involved long term personal therapy, intensive supervised clinical practice and advanced theoretical study. I am experienced in offering brief, long term and group psychotherapy. I also have a Diploma in Psychoanalytic supervision obtained in 2014. I have been a tutor , group facilitator and supervisor on psychodynamic counselling courses at Leicester University, and I am a trainer and supervisor for South Trent training, a specialist NHS psychotherapy training in the East Midlands. I also offer private supervision.
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.