Therapy often helps by offering a safe space to explore thoughts, feelings and worries. Talking therapy, with a skilled practitioner, can give a deeper understanding of personal issues and help to establish individual coping strategies in order to face life's challenges and build resilience.
Predominantly, engaging in a good therapeutic relationship which enables the client to have an open and honest dialogue about any factors which cause distress is of vital importance in any therapy. Setting up a routine appointment within a regular setting helps to develop trust and a safe place from which to explore, understand and make progress.
Therapy helps people to gain an understanding of self and other and locate patterns of relating and difficulties with self image and self confidence which may have been developed in childhood and can impact mental health in the here and now. Therapy can also help with personal feelings connected with loss, relationship problems, traumatic events, daily stress and pressure, or struggles with self esteem.
I am a psychoanalytic, psychodynamic psychotherapist working with adults - individuals and groups. I have over twenty years of experience in this field, spending the last ten years in NHS Secondary Care services, helping people with complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties. More recently, I have set up a Private Practice in South Wales and also work online and by telephone.
I am highly empathic, listening and responding to the needs of the client and negotiating the most helpful way of working with each individual.
Although my background is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, over my years of working in the NHS, I have developed an integrative and eclectic way of working using different modalities and current approaches.
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.