I am a qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. I work in a relational way that emphasizes the central importance of being valued and the trauma that results from the sanctuary of the valued self being violated when others do not respond with needed mirroring and attunement to a person either in childhood or later throughout the life cycle. Exploring repeating patterns in relationships and discovering creative ways of altering these patterns are central aspects of my approach. I consider the therapeutic relationship to be key to a person discovering new ways of relating to others and new or different ways of viewing themselves. I consider play and creativity to be essential aspects of the life of adults as well as children.
I have a very wide range of experience of offering psychodynamic psychotherapy in the NHS and in student counselling for students training in the performing arts. I have been a Clinical Service Lead with responsibility for Staff Counselling and Well-being in a Mental Health NHS Trust and I have worked extensively in Primary Care counselling services, working closely with GP's and other Health care professionals. I have considerable experience of offering short-term therapy and have published several articles on this topic.
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.