I am a trained Systemic Psychotherapist (MSc Tavistock & Portman).I have also engaged extensively with psychodynamic thinking and training.I like to use an eclectic mix of ideas and approaches when working with individual clients and with couples in order to mirror and reflect their own individual styles and contexts.I am curious to understand each individual within their own cultural and family background and will think with clients about the experiences that have informed their current ideas, feelings and beliefs.
After gaining a BSc in Psychology and training as a bereavement counsellor, I went on to spend a portion of my working life in the Public Sector, initially as a Local Authority Social Worker and then in the NHS in a CAMHS setting. I have had the privilege to work extensively with children, adolescents and families from all cultures and backgrounds at very vulnerable times in their lives. My work led me to the decision to re-train as a Psychotherapist, and I completed the four year Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock, after which I continued to work in an NHS CAMHS Service as a Family Therapist, primarily in the field of Eating Disorders. In addition, I worked for Relate for many years as a Couple Counsellor whilst developing a private practice.
My particular speciality and passion is working with couples. After an introductory session with a couple to look at the issues they bring, I think couples find it helpful to be offered an individual session each, before commencing couple therapy. This gives each partner some private thinking time and space. I am experienced in working with the many issues that can impact on couple relationships, such as communication difficulties; sexual difficulties; financial constraints; step-families; bereavement; physical and emotional illness; addictions and cross-cultural differences.
Sometimes the process of therapy may involve difficult or intense feelings. Research indicates, however, that with time and commitment, therapy often leads to important change and a significant reduction in distress. Sometimes the idea of talking can be daunting so to take some time to ‘talk about talking’ can lessen any anxiety and be a reassuring way of starting therapy.
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.