I am a naturally warm, compassionate and empathic therapist who is able to provide a safe, supportive and confidential space in which you can share your experiences, difficulties and concerns. I am passionate about the benefits of therapy and I use my skills and experience to tailor a therapeutic approach that suits you and your needs, to help you reach your goals.
I use a range of techniques including Transactional Analysis to help people gain a better understanding of how their life experiences and important relationships may inform thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the here and now. I have a background in the arts and I believe in the potent and lasting healing powers of creative techniques in psychotherapy such as story and metaphor, sand tray, guided imagery and exploration of dreams. I also use mindfulness and relaxation to help clients connect with, regulate and soothe their body and mind.
Above all I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship in which I invest myself professionally, genuinely, emotionally and lovingly.
I believe that all people given the right environment and support can find their own way to grow, heal and flourish. I have the strength to sit in the darkest of places with you, the belief and ability to hold hope for you, and the courage and insight to help you find your own light, map and survival kit to get you where you want to be, even if you don't know where that is just yet.
Before training to become a psychotherapist I was an artist and arts educator. I worked creatively with people from vulnerable and hard to reach communities, enabling them to have their voices heard and their stories told through the creation of artwork. During this time I came to understand the therapeutic and cathartic benefits of using creative techniques to explore and express oneself. This experience fueled my desire to help people on a deeper level and so I began my training to become a psychotherapist. I completed my qualification in Adult Integrative Psychotherapy at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in 2020. I have been in practice since 2016.
Since becoming a psychotherapist I have used many creative techniques with clients where it is right for them. There are many ways of working creatively in therapy. Some of these techniques include but are not limited to drawing, creative writing, sand tray, dream work, guided imagery, using metaphor and imagery, working with clay and story telling. Although it is not right for everyone, I often see potent and lasting positive effects from including creative techniques. If you are interested in working creatively please feel free to ask more about it.
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.