My core approach is psychodynamic, which means that we will work together to get to the root of current or ongoing difficulties, try to make sense of them, and work through the feelings involved. 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 aim is to help you understand yourself better, move forward, and find more satisfying ways of thinking, feeling, relating and living.
I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy in New Marston, close to central Oxford. Please note that while government advice is to avoid direct social contact because of the coronavirus, I am currently working online only. When there is no lockdown, I am also offering therapy conducted while walking in a quiet park. Vacancies permitting, I am happy to take you on as a new client if you are struggling with the way Covid-19 is impacting on your life, and also if you would like to take up counselling or psychotherapy for other reasons.
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 am fully accredited by, and registered with, UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and abide by their codes of ethics and practice. I am also a member of BACP.
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 am currently Co-Chair of the Oxford Psychotherapy Society. I can offer therapy in Spanish.
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.