Therapy is, by its very nature, an intensely personal experience. It is important to choose a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. It is perfectly acceptable to speak to or meet several therapists before making a choice.
My integrative and relational approach to working with clients has evolved from my original training in body-focussed psychotherapy, which I undertook at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in Ealing.
Integrative means that my thinking about you and our work together is not restricted to a single approach or theoretical model. ‘Relational’ means that we have between us a relationship that has elements in it that reflect other, earlier relationships of our lives – and we work with that. Also, the therapeutic encounter impacts on, and potentially changes, both of us. To make this meeting between us real, I bring my vulnerability and humility to the meeting, as well as my experience and strength.
I strive to integrate many different approaches to psychotherapy, including humanistic approaches such as gestalt and body psychotherapy, as well as relational psychoanalysis, object relations, attachment theory. I also have an interest in emerging knowledge such as neuroscience, as well as recently-evolving thinking about psychological development and health.
Sometimes there are issues that get in the way of deeper work. And it can be useful for the psychotherapy work for these issues to be addressed, often in a very practical way. My experience and training as a coach and coach supervisor help me to bring the necessary skills into the therapy room to address these more pragmatic concerns.