As a registered psychotherapist and as a counselling psychologist, I provide safe, confidential and professional psychological therapy which aims to help you with emotional, social or psychological problems. I believe that in order for psychotherapy to be effective we have to engage in a collaborative process and so in the first session few sessions my focus will be exploring with you the challenges which would have contributed to you seeking therapy. As we go through this process, I will explain the way I may be able to help and work with you. In this first session we will also decide if we can work together.
Psychotherapy can be short or long term and in our first few sessions we will decide and start to formulate a plan of what may be appropriate for you depending on the depth and complexity of what you will be seeking therapy for. As the aim of psychotherapy is to help you to understand patterns of behavior which may be problematic for you, or make sense of your experiences, find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think, feel, or behave, the sessions offer you the space to express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into your experiences. Through time we may also explore ways and difficulties you may have in relating to yourself and others, or things that may be affecting your emotional or mental well-being.
Apart from working with individuals, I also have experience of working with couples, and families who may be experiencing relationship or family difficulties. I also work with groups and different teams in workplace settings to help them resolve or work through any difficulties they may be experiencing.
My clinical practice is informed by integrating different psychological and psychotherapy theories and techniques and hence I consider myself a relational humanistic/integrative psychotherapist.
I also work as a Supervisor for qualified psychotherapists and counsellors as well as for trainee therapists. Apart from being a registered psychotherapist, I am a senior lecturer and trainer in psychotherapy and counselling within a University settings. I have also written and contributed to a range of books and academic papers on psychotherapy and counselling.
I am happy to have an initial brief conversation with you over the phone before you book to meet me for an initial session
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a Psychotherapist, having followed approved programmes of training. I am also a Professor of Counselling Psychology and am a Chartered Psychologist, and Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. As a Practitioner Psychologist I am also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council in England.
Prior to training as a Psychotherapist in Leeds (UK), I worked in mental health and psychiatric settings and thus, I thus for many years have gained experience working with individuals and families presenting with trauma in diverse psychiatric/clinical/social and therapeutic settings including the UK National Health Service (NHS), voluntary sector and private practice.
My psychotherapeutic interests are in exploring the therapeutic relationship when working with complex psychological distress, complex trauma, love and attachment difficulties, family problems, relationship challenges and their impact of on mental wellbeing.
Outside of my clinical practice, I work as a Professor of Counselling psychology within an academic institution and as an academic I have presented keynote lectures at numerous international conferences including in South East Asia, Africa, and Europe.
I have co-authored and edited numerous books in counselling and psychotherapy. My two latest published co-edited books are Love and Therapy: In relationship and The Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: Origins, Developments and Current Applications.
I deeply value my work as a psychotherapist and as a practitioner.
I am happy to have an initial brief conversation with you over the phone before you book to meet me for an initial session.
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.