For me, relationship is at the heart of psychotherapy – a collaborative process between therapist and client, providing opportunities for self-reflection and insight in a safe, confidential and supportive space.
I specialise in treating complex trauma; having gained valuable experience in the past from working with women suffering from perinatal trauma, as well as with refugees and asylum-seekers, many of whom have had to endure war, torture, persecution and devastating loss. I believe that experiences of deep distress and devastation can become catalysts for enormous personal development, an awakening of profound insight and authenticity. I feel privileged to support people in that transformational process.
“When I stand before you at the day’s end,
you shall see my scars and know that I had my wounds
and also my healing.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
My training as an integrative psychotherapist enables me to work across different therapeutic modalities with my clients, ranging from Psychodynamic and Gestalt-based to Somatic and Body-focussed, as well as, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). I tailor my work to each of my client’s specific needs, based on an initial assessment process. Although the majority of my work is with adults I do work with young people (16+). I am registered as an Arts Psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, in addition to my UKCP registration. I work according to their codes of ethics and conduct, undertaking regular supervision and professional development training.
Making psychotherapy more accessible is an important motivation for me. I have worked therapeutically in the charitable, public and private sector, with people of all ages and backgrounds. Working for a maternal mental health charity, I ran psychotherapy services for teenage mums and mums with perinatal depression and anxiety. I have also been a psychotherapist in a women’s holistic health project, co-ordinated a young people’s counselling service and had my own private practice for seven years. I have worked in residential care settings, NHS inpatient forensic psychiatric units and an outpatient arts psychotherapies service.
As a member of the Complex Trauma Therapists’ Network, I keep updated with developments in trauma-informed therapy such as the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and Systemic, Embodied and Experiential Reprocessing (the SEER Method). I find that working with body sensation and embodied mental imagery can be very effective in healing trauma.
Sometimes it can be hard to find the words to express a deep or difficult feeling. Imagination and creativity can be helpful in facilitating expression and exploration. I trained in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy; a humanistic, psychodynamic, gestalt and transpersonal approach to psychotherapy which can utilise different arts modalities in addition to verbal and body-focussed therapy, as appropriate to each individual client. My background in complementary therapies and the arts, and my own personal growth journey have given me a holistic and creative approach to transforming trauma and mental health problems into a pathway towards psychological growth and well-being.
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.