My approach is integrative, which means that I draw from a number of philosophies and theories and these inform my practice. These include systems theory, intersubjectivity, attachment, psychodynamic, object relations, cognitive, behavioural, compassion-focussed, among others. I believe the therapeutic relationship to be the most significant factor for change and growth, and that in talking with an attuned, non-judgement other, we can not only discover, but heal aspects of the self that may have been denied, neglected, abused, hurt, allowing the whole self to thrive and to flourish. Together we explore biological, social, cultural, medical etc factors that inform our sense of being; individual self, self with others and self of being in the world.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, with 13+ years working privately and in Primary Healthcare. I am also a Clinical Supervisor.
I offer both short term counselling (to work on a specific, or current, worry, difficulty or distress) and long term psychotherapy to explore deeper, underlying issues that shape our identity, our personal values and beliefs and inform the choices we make. I work to increase awareness and understanding of the self (developmentally) and of the self in relation to other(s) (relationally). I believe that often what brings us into therapy is largely relational, either with self or with other, i.e. intra-personal or inter-personal. By considering our way of "being in the world", we are able to increase choice, responsiveness, efficacy and determine individual (other or collective) responsibility.
Exploring our difficulties, our questions or uncertainties enables us to make sense of our experiences. Self-reflection and self-awareness increases capacity to 'know' one's self, to be compassionate to self, to allow self-needs to be expressed, to be heard and validated and for those needs to be 'met' through the development of deeper and more satisfying relationships. The process fosters growth through understanding - helping us to move forward with our lives.
If you are age 18+ I invite you to speak to me, in confidence, about whatever might be contributing to your emotional distress at this time. Get in touch if you have had previous counselling and want to do some further work. Contact me if you are an 'older' adult impacted by change or transition, for example, loss, health, retirement, redundancy.