Essentially, therapy offers us a unique opportunity to learn about ourselves, and none more so than when faced with the emotional challenges that are often part of everyday life. At these times we may feel on our own, stuck and unsure of which way to turn. It may also be difficult to find someone we can trust and who will understand, or, in such a busy world, someone who has the time to listen. This is where some sort of talking therapy may be useful. I offer a calm, safe, respectful and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. This can be done through reflecting on your life experiences, but also who you are as a person; your dreams, desires, values, aspirations and hope for the future.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
There are as many reasons for seeing therapy as there are people. Maybe you. have been feeling sad or upset for a while, or you have experienced a recent stressful event or painful anniversary. Maybe you have noticed that your past and present experiences appear to be somehow interlinked, or that old and familiar patterns are getting in the way of the changes you want to make in your life. Whichever are your concerns, I believe everyone, including you, is special and unique. Therefore, it is important to think about you as a whole and individual person, and not just the 'symptom' or initial reason that led you to see therapy. It may also be meaningful to consider the community in which you live and work, and your wider environment and world view.
It is only through self-discovery and working out our difficulties, be that problems with relationships, feelings of depression, anxiety or stress, that we get to learn about ourselves and truly understand how we want to live our life.
My approach to therapy focuses on you as a whole person and what you bring to each session each week. With that in mind, we would then start to make sense of what underlies your thoughts and feelings, and the difficulties you are experiencing. This may not be easy, and it may mean that it takes time to come to terms with the frustrations and loses. Together, we would then discover new perspectives and possibilities available to you.
'"Keep speaking the years from their hiding place
keep coughing up smoke from all the deaths you. have died
keep the rage tender
because the soft season will come
it will come"
I have a professional qualification in psychodynamic psychotherapy from WPF Therapy. I have also undertaken further training in working with young adults at The Society of Analytical Psychology and relationship/couples' therapy at the Tavistock Relationships Clinic.
Originally, I trained as an artist and illustrator. After a number of years working freelance, I went on to develop community art projects. I currently work as a therapist with individual adults and young people, and couples'/two persons' therapy.
"The art of people is a true mirror of their minds."
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.