I am interested in the quality of relationships, with self and others, and the unique social, cultural and life experiences which are influential to who you are. I believe that influencing factors in the context of relationships, socially, culturally, politically, and historically, can be instrumental in creating levels of distress, and despair. Particularly when those experiences have been traumatic, or developmentally dysfunctional. The outcome of which is the creation of unhelpful patterns of relating with self and can perpetuate self-sabotaging cycles of distress which impacts on self-esteem and confidence.
Having the opportunity to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing in a space to reflect on what keeps you in a place of unhappiness, despair or distress is incredibly useful and can help to facilitate change. In a collaborative way, we will explore troubling patterns, thoughts and reactions to facilitate insight, which provides opportunities to consider different ways of thinking, behaving, responding, and reacting.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist having undergone my training with Metanoia Institute, achieving an MSc Integrative Psychotherapy. I draw from an integrative theoretical approach and so I am not aligned to one therapeutic stance. I integrate a framework of different models, tools and techniques which I use creatively and flexibly for each individual I work with.
I am interested in the quality of relationships, with self and others, and the unique social, cultural and life experiences which are influential to who we are. I believe these influencing factors will to some extent play a role in creating levels of distress, despair, and emotional problems, along with the impact of critical traumatic events, which emerge in the present and arise from past experiences. I have a particular interest in traumatic developmental experiences and how this creates patterns of relating with self and others in adulthood, and perpetuates cycles of distress and emotional dis-regulation.
My focus therapeutically is to create a containing, holding environment which is empathic. Yet at times we all need to be sensitively challenged, in order that reflection and evaluation on perceptions, experiences, thoughts, feelings and behaviours is encouraged and engaged with in an attempt to resolve painful earlier traumatic experiences and relational patterns which are causing distress.
I ensure that a priority when working with clients is to establish a safe, trusting, mutually respectful and collaborative relationship, in order that we can explore often key issues that have contributed to a decision to enter into therapy.