I focus on relationship and offer a safe and compassionate transitional relationship, supporting you to find more self-compassion and develop healthy relationships with other people, which are fundamental to mental and emotional well-being.
The relationship that we create together can help you to understand how unhelpful (although originally useful) patterns of relating to ourselves and others endure in the present. This unique relationship can offer a world of possibilities for different ways of being in the world.
Informed by up-to date neuroscience, I offer a safe relationship to work with trauma, (both complex developmental trauma and trauma from specific events) which would gently invite you to tune in to the feedback you receive from your body (nervous system) so allowing you to better manage symptoms of trauma.
I integrate several complementary psychological theories into my work. I have a particular interest in Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Existential Therapy and Object Relations Theory. Mindfulness theory and practices feature centrally in my approach. I also draw on motivational interviewing and coaching skills to support change.
My style is personable and open. I draw on a range of creative approaches to tap into our immense innate capacity to grow, make meaning, express our humanity and adapt to life's challenges. Therapy can be painful, cathartic, funny, awkward, joyous, exciting and I am hope to meet clients in the full range of emotional states.
I would hope that we can draw our work to an end at a point when you feel that you enjoy greater self-awareness, compassion, autonomy and freedom, and where you are supported by improved relationships with other people.
I decided to train as a counsellor in 2007 after a chance meeting with a suicidal man who wanted to talk. I was deeply moved by the encounter and starting exploring training options. I had previously worked in poverty alleviation, community development and human rights work in the UK, Africa and Central America.
I continue to be deeply moved by the work that I do which continues to teach me so much about the beauty of humanity and potential of human relationships, whilst also being humbled and inspired by the strength of so many clients in the face of adversity.
I obtained a certificate in counselling from the University of West of England in 2009. I subsequently trained in Group Analysis with the Institute of Group Analysis, before choosing advanced level training as a UKCP accredited psychotherapist to allow me to work with clients effectively and at depth.
I have completed an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership and a certificate in couples counselling with Relational Psychotherapy.
Since 2007 I have worked as a trainer on group psycho-education courses using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a motivational interviewer on a trail run by Cardiff University and as a mental health mentor for students at Swansea University. I have completed placements in Swansea University Wellbeing Services and NHS Primary Care Psychological Therapies team in Swansea before setting up a private practice. I remain active in networks to promote great access to quality accredited psychotherapy.
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.