I am an ISTDP therapist. This is an intensive therapy created by Dr Habib Davanloo and Dr David Malan who researched the approach by analysing video recordings of many clients. More on the research behind it can be found at https://www.istdp.org.uk/research/ .
ISTDP works at a profoundly experiential level as therapist and client work together to experience warded off feelings in a new way and it is this direct experience of being you that can be transformational where you haven’t had that contact with yourself, your feelings before.
We are all a product of our up bringing and how we adapted at a young age enabled us to survive but as an adult our adaptations can be self- defeating and largely outside our awareness. Feelings that are important can get muted or lost in the process of surviving difficult situations and we can lose our all -important connection to ourselves. We can get stuck re-living parts of the past instead of finding out who we are and what we need now. Think about what it is you want to change: therapy is dynamic and you have the opportunity to change how you are with yourself and with others. It’s exciting but you do need to be prepared to invest some time and money in order to do this. I can offer brief or longer term working.
Sometimes people come to therapy with really clear ideas about what they want from it and sometimes what they want emerges in therapy.
I work with
Anger Management Problems
Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Family or Work Related Problems
Before training to be a Psychotherapist I worked in HR and Organisational Development and further education. As well as an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute I have a Master’s in Organisational Development from Sheffield Hallam University. I have worked with commercial and public sector groups and teams to think strategically and to facilitate change.
Starting my training journey in psychotherapy in 2012 I have provided clients with therapy in the following organisations:
University of Leicester Student Counselling
The Leicester Counselling Centre
Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy
The Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Centre (now “Saffron”)
Resolve in-house counselling for Derbyshire Health Care NHS Foundation Trust
2017 – 2023 Accredited Primary Care Counsellor for an iapt (improving access to psychological therapies) provider, Trent PTS, in Derby.
February 2023 – private practice.
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.