You may be seeking help because you are going through a time of crisis or pain, or because you have have felt depressed, anxious or stuck for some time. There may be past or present issues or relationships that you feel the need to explore. My core approach is psychodynamic, which means trying to get to the roots of psychological or emotional distress. During periods of crisis or loss - and sometimes for no apparent reason - issues that have been buried in the past can surface and cause problems in the present. Exploring the past, as well as gaining a clear understanding of what is going on for you right now, can shed light on how to go forward.
Therapy can provide a confidential space in which it is possible to talk about your situation in a way that often you can't do with family or friends. Facing difficult feelings together can lead to a deeper healing. My approach is not about offering advice or one-size-fits-all techniques, or trying to cheer you up. What I am to offer is the right balance of support and challenge to help you understand yourself better and discover more satisfying ways of thinking, feeling, relating and living.
After an initial session to talk over your needs and concerns, we can decide whether you would like to go ahead with therapy, either for a fixed number of sessions or on an ongoing open-ended basis. I see people once or twice a week, at a regular time each week.
I am an experienced psychodynamic therapist offering short and long term counselling and psychotherapy in a ground floor consulting room in New Marston, close to central Oxford. Please note that due to coronavirus, I am currently offering online rather than in-person sessions. However, I am also offering the alternative (regular or occasional) of meeting outside in a quiet park, and talking while going around it.
I have an MA in Modern Languages, and an MSt in Psychodynamic Practice, from Oxford University. The latter includes both a Certificate in Psychodynamic Studies and a Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice. I have also done post-qualification Jungian training with the GAP. I am fully accredited by, and registered with, UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of ethics and practice. I am currently Co-Chair of the Oxford Psychotherapy Society.
I have several years' experience of offering counselling and psychotherapy in different NHS settings, including Psychological Services. I have also worked for a large workplace organisation, offering therapy for personal and work-related issues. Additionally, I have a wide experience of working with people from diverse cultures and religious backgrounds. I can offer therapy in Spanish, and also have a good understanding of French and Italian.
I am qualified in, and have experience of, dealing with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, relationships, and loss. I am a member of ISPS (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) and Rethink, and have some familiarity with mental health issues and the treatments on offer. I am also comfortable working with spiritual dimensions of therapy if this is an approach you would like to take.
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.