Indications that something in life needs attending to may come in many forms. You may be feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed; suffering in relationships, or any number of other distressing and painful, sometimes physical, symptoms.
My aim is to provide a space of safety in which you feel heard and understood. This will involve my listening both to what you intentionally and consciously bring to be worked through, but also to what’s not being said, or cannot yet be spoken about.
Exploring what is going on for you may involve recognising inner conflicts - thoughts or feelings which can at times feel uncomfortable or difficult to face. The connections between these ‘neglected’ aspects of ourselves and current difficulties may appear quite readily, whilst at other times things can be more complex and take longer to come into focus.
An initial meeting will be an opportunity to meet me and see if you feel counselling/ psychotherapy will be helpful to you. It is a chance to think about any anxieties or fears you may have, as well as what you would like to achieve. We can discuss whether a short or ongoing arrangement is most suited to your needs and unique situation.
Training and Experience:
• Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regent’s College, London)
• Advanced Diploma Existential Psychotherapy (Regent’s College, London)
• Fully accredited (UKCP)
• Over 10 years’ Clinical Experience
• Areas of Speciality include attachment, trauma and loss, working with teenagers and young people, identity, relationship difficulties, as well as issues around pregnancy, parenthood and loss.
I have worked for many years as an NHS Psychotherapist, as well as several charity sector areas – giving me extensive experience working with people suffering a wide range of mental and emotional difficulties, including Mental Health. I have also spent time working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), providing psychotherapy to children and teenagers experiencing emotional and behavioural issues.
My approach is integrative, meaning I have studied and been influenced by the major Psychotherapeutic Schools of thought - Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Existential, as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have also trained in several short-term approaches which have a solid evidence base and are endorsed in the NICE Guidelines, including Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT), and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT).
I am an accredited member of UKCP; additional membership with The Society of Existential Analysis (SEA).
I am fully insured, and hold a current Enhanced DBS check.
I offer appointments at my practice in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Appointments are available for under 16s with parental permission.