*Appointments available online or face-to-face*
I provide a space where all of you will be received with warmth and understanding. A space where we can work together to find clarity to help you understand your struggles and find a more stable and satisfying everyday life.
I’ve been practicing as a therapist since 2013 and have worked in many different settings, including schools, universities, voluntary organisations and a GP surgery. I have worked successfully with people of different ages and backgrounds, presenting with a range of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loss, abuse, and relationship difficulties. More generally, I’ve been working in psychological well-being for 15 years, running therapeutic art workshops and as a university mental health mentor.
It is from my own life experiences that I have been drawn to work as a therapist as I know therapy can lead change and towards a life that’s more open, connected and satisfying.
People come to me for a variety of reasons; you might be feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or like life isn’t going the way you want it to. Perhaps you – or your relationships – are suffering because of unhelpful patterns that no longer serve you. You may be experiencing sadness, anxiety, loss, anger, or the effects of childhood trauma. Or perhaps you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong, but you know something’s just not right.
You may feel like you’ve tried everything, are feeling overwhelmed or that you can’t go on. I strongly believe that talking openly with an experienced, warm and non-judgmental therapist can make a significant difference to many people’s lives.
You needn’t suffer or struggle alone.
What to expect?
Our first contact is likely to be by email or a short phone call. This will give us chance to introduce ourselves and arrange an initial appointment. The first appointment will be an opportunity for you to say what brings you to therapy, see if I'm the kind of person you feel comfortable opening up to and for me to see if I will be the right therapist for you.
After this session you can decide if you want to continue working with me and from there we will find a mutually convenient time to meet each week.
I really understand the courage it takes to talk about aspects of yourself that you might find painful or embarrassing, and I’ll respect and support you without judgment. Sometimes I might challenge you too, but only as a way of moving your therapy forwards to help you get more from it. I’ll help us build a relationship that’s safe, trusting and always appropriately boundaried.
In a safe environment and with genuine sensitivity, I’ll give you the opportunity to share and explore whatever it is you bring; including those aspects of yourself, or your life, that you feel embarrassed of or wish you could disown.
Sessions will be directed by what is of most importance to you; I have no agenda to the outcome of our work together.
As a Gestalt psychotherapist, I'll work with the whole of you (your thoughts, beliefs, emotions and your physical experiences) to help develop a deep awareness of your struggles, where they come from, and how they play out in your life and relationships.
Whilst we can explore your past to see how it influences you now, the basis of our work will be to see how you are living in the present, and how we relate to each other.
At times when it's difficult to discuss certain events or painful feelings, we can experiment with using different creative approaches to enable you to express make sense of your experiences.
I do not offer advice and believe you are the expert of your life. I see therapy as a way of you finding and uncovering your answers and truths to create choice and flexibility in what you do and how you respond in life.