I have many years' experience helping people with difficulties that affect their health, their relationships, their work and of course the way they feel about themselves. In my experience, such difficulties often revolve around both the loss of personal meaning and of a valued sense of direction in life. I believe my role as a therapist is therefore to provide my patients/clients with space and time to explore their sense of difficulty, to gain a greater understanding of what can often maintain them in that difficulty and to arrive at a renewed sense of freedom and choice. In order to change those things that we don't like about our lives - or about ourselves - it is my experience that we first need to be open to who we actually are, right now, in our lived experience. As this was put to me once, in order to get from A to B, we first must allow ourselves fully to be at A. It's then that things can begin to change.
The main areas of my work are:- chronic illness and pain, stress, anxiety, depression, traumatic injury, emotional abuse, relationship problems, chronic health concerns and compulsive over-eating and obesity.
I offer both long-term and short-term, time-focused therapy.
The initial assessment session, which I offer to anyone who is wanting to begin therapy, is an opportunity to clarify expectations, hopes and fears. It also provides a space to think about what therapy involves and how it might best be helpful.
I am a member of the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice (CMRP). I am a full Professional Member of the British Pain Society. I am a full professional member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science (ACBS).
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice. I worked for 20 years previously in specialist psychotherapy and medical teams in the NHS. I qualified in 2003 through the Arbours Association in London. Further to my psychoanalytic training, I have a PGCert in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) from the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice in Bangor. I have also trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to an advanced level. My work reflects both my psychoanalytic training and my interest in 'third-wave' cognitive and behavioural therapies.
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.