My approach is based on working relationally, meaning I focus on establishing a safe and supportive alliance with my clients, before exploring how past experiences and relationships are influencing their choices, values, beliefs and relationships with others in the present. In my work, I am primarily informed by psychodynamic, attachment-based and existential thought and theory. Whilst classic in orientation and frame, I work holistically around mind-body integration and am informed by the latest research in neuroscience.
I am an experienced UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist offering psychotherapy sessions to both couples and individuals. My training into applied psychology began in 2005 and has included a post-graduate diploma at The Australian College of Applied Psychology, a masters at Goldsmiths College, University of London and finally a further two year post-graduate clinical training at Regent's University before joining the UKCP. I have been a full clinical member of the UKCP since 2012.
I am primarily informed and conceptualise using a psychoanalytic approach. I favour open-ended or long-term psychotherapy and I see clients on the same day and at the same time weekly (or occasionally more frequently). Other approaches I incorporate include British object-relations approach as well as attachment theory.
As a clinician, it is my belief that our mind and body are intricately connected – what our mind experiences, so does our body. I therefore find it invaluable to bring a focus to the body in my clinical work enabling clients to learn to become more present and aware of their bodies moment to moment, to learn to regulate (manage) emotional states through the body and to heal trauma that has become ‘stuck’ in the body.
Whilst I am clinically trained to both diagnose and work with specific and serious mental health conditions, my clinical perspective is that most, if not all, of the psychic troubles we experience are rooted in trauma. It is only through the appropriate revisiting of this earlier trauma and successful processing of the associated emotional states – physical and psychological – that we can be freed of re-experiencing these unprocessed past traumas in the present.
My clinical experience comprises a background of over 15 years experience in the field of applied psychology. I have worked in a clinical capacity as both a counsellor and psychotherapist across a range of public and private settings, including the NHS. As well as running my private practice, I have until recently worked as a psychotherapist as part of a multi-disciplinary team in palliative care working with terminal patients and their relatives. Working with loss (bereavement) is a particular area of interest to me.
I have worked with clients affected by many different issues, some of which have been very personal and particular to that individual and others which are common to many of us at some point in our lives such as bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and anger management. As a clinical psychotherapist I am trained to work with clients with short-term issues, through to more long-term complex work.
In addition to my formal clinical training, I have undertaken ongoing CPD in the fields of body psychotherapy and neuroscience and aim to work relationally and collaboratively with my clients.
I am open to working with clients from all sexual orientations and lifestyle choices and am comfortable bringing a multi-cultural awareness into my work through my own background of living in five different countries during my formative years.
As well as working as a clinician I write extensively about psychotherapy and have been published in the BBC, Huffpost, The Guardian, iNews, The Daily Express and Metro amongst other publications.
I am available to see clients in private practice in central Hove and Lewes Monday through Thursday, day times and evenings. I see online clients on Friday mornings.
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.