Starting therapy is often daunting. Lots of questions arise - 'Will it help me?' 'May I feel even more vulnerable?' 'Will I become dependent on it?' A first meeting when we look at these concerns helps to explain what therapy is all about and how it works. Together we'll discuss how it helps to unravel the emotional knots that influence behaviour and spoil relationships. Therapy is a joint endeavour between client and therapist and this relationship, which I ensure is a safe and trusting one, allows emotional development and the growth of self-esteem.
Until my retirement, I worked for seventeen years as Senior Lecturer and Clinical Tutor at Regent's College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and am still Honorary Visiting Fellow at the School.
As well as my private clinical practice I teach Creative Writing at the University of the Third Age. I am also a keen gardener. Just as in a garden there may be dark corners inhibiting growth, so it is sometimes in people's lives. In therapy we try to understand the bad feelings, where they've come from and why they're still lingering, so that in time it becomes possible to emerge from the shadows.