I provide psychotherapy services from within a pluralistic framework. This means I can contract as an existential psychotherapist (UKCP registered through Society for Existential Analysis) or I can contract to provide 3rd wave CBT (registered via BABCP as an accredited CBT therapist: my specialism is 3rd wave Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, ACT informed CBT). I'm also a qualified MBCT therapist (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist). All three qualifications are post graduate Masters level qualifications and I can bring these different approaches into each distinct therapy. Some times we re contract because a different approach is more relevant to needs.
I'm 56. I've got three adult children from two separate marriages and have been involved in the care of two step sons. I'm currently involved in building a mindfulness based community in Hertfordshire: it's very rewarding! I'm a musician and martial artist but would say that my training in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the 90's- under the guidance of my teacher Akong Rinpoche- has been a big part of my original psychological learning and is a mainstay of my life. These practices have facilitated me towards more acceptance and resilience in the face of sometimes difficult circumstances. I was adopted as a child and much of my ''inner work' has been a response and working with these early traumas associated with that. I would say that this has enabled me to work somatically with early traumas within a relational psychotherapy. This has also involved dream work and I still use my dreams to know myself further and in the work of 'learning new ways to move forward' by understanding how the 'past is still present'! My orientation is, primarily, philosophical but- with my CBT training- the work is contemporary pragmatic science based.
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.