I believe that we are all influenced by the relationships we have had in the past, as well as by those we have in the present. The development, and the loss, of relationships affects how we are able to cope with stress and difficulties. I work by listening to the issues you bring, sometimes asking questions, sometimes making suggestions. Because these are your sessions you may ignore me, disagree with me or, hopefully, sometimes find my thoughts helpful.
Psychotherapy and counselling are about creating a safe space in which you can explore the issues you are experiencing in your life. Everyone uses this space differently - some people talk about their early experiences, others focus more on recent experiences or their current situation. There is no right or wrong way of using therapy.
I have a Masters in Clinical Science in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, from the University of Kent, and an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have worked for the past fourteen years with children, young people and adults within schools, charities, universities and the NHS.
As well as being in private practice I currently run the Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Brighton. Until December 2016 I also worked as a psychological therapist with the Firefighters Charity, working with trauma and injury. I spent the previous five years as director of the Waymark Counselling Service, in Canterbury, and as a senior lecturer in health at Canterbury Christchurch University. I have previously been employed as a counsellor by several organisations, including Barnardo's, Family Service Units and Thanet Counselling Services.
I work with heterosexual, lesbian and gay individuals and couples as well as people who are transgender or uncertain of their identity. Whoever I am working with my work is about affirmation, support and care as well as about developing a positive sense of self and self worth.
I also offer individual and group supervision to therapists, counsellors and others.
I am an approved provider of psychotherapy for AXA PPP Healthcare and for AVIVA.
I am a registered psychotherapist with UKCP, a registered counsellor and psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am a member of the Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists (CCOPPP) and work within those organisations’ ethical guidelines.I have a Masters in Clinical Science in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, from the University of Kent, and an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have worked for the past fourteen years with children, young people and adults within schools, charities, universities and the NHS.
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.