I am a Systemic Psychotherapist, sometimes referred to as a Systemic or Family Therapist. It is a strength based, non- blame approach, where ‘The problem is the problem and not the person’ and that problems are embedded in relationships and context and not within people. The approach fits with indivudals, couples, families or larger systems.
My approach is collaborative and dialogical. My practice leans towards Narrative Therapy. I am interested in themes, the language we use, our family scripts and the stories told about us and stories we tell ourselves. I help clients reauthor their stories and challenge the dominant, unhelpful narrative that may be held.
I am also very interested in Attachment Narratives and in my couples work I use Systemic ideas and principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy which is underpinned by attachment.
In family work, I open up the unsaid and different perspectives held, aiding mentalisation and healthier communication.
I use creativity in my practice this may be a sculpt, drawing, video and photography.
I am an experienced Therapist who is passionate about supporting clients with achieving their hopes and dreams, and in managing and making change. I have worked with young people and their families for 24 years. I became interested in Systemic Family Therapy 12 years ago, when I commenced my therapy training. I trained at IFT (Institute of Family Therapy) 2007-2009 and Tavistock and Portman Clinic 2012-2014 . As well as private work, I work in an enhanced, complex needs team wiithn a Local London Authority as their Lead Clinican.
I have undertaken the following additional training:
-NVR (Non Violent Resistance) parenting approach - BRIEF Solution focused therapy -ACEs -Adverse childhood experinces, a trauma approach
-EFT ( Emotionally Focused Therapy) for couples - VIG (Video Interaction Guidance) focusing on attunement - Adult Attachment Interviewing
- Mentalisation training - Post Grad in Youth and Community studies SFSC- (Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities:) cultural parenting programme
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.