I genuinely believe that with the right support, it is possible to overcome painful experiences from the past; build coping strategies to manage current challenges in your life; and develop deeper awareness of your self and enjoy more satisfying relationships in the present.
What will therapy be like with me?
In our initial session we will explore what brought you to therapy and what you hope to gain. This helps us come to a shared understanding of where to focus, and what to prioritise. You might have a really clear idea of what you want, or you might not be sure - perhaps something doesn't feel right and you want space to explore things.
I won't tell you what to do; and I won't 'fix' you either. I will meet you with honesty, non-judgement, and open-mindedness, in a confidential, safe and comfortable space. I will be genuinely curious in who you are, how you came to be this way, what is troubling you, and what brings your life hope and meaning.
I strongly believe that all behaviour is there to meet a need; I don't consider it self-supportive to label parts of yourself as 'bad' or 'shameful'. I will help you to be more compassionate and less self-critical of yourself, to be curious about how you came to be this way (and how it may have helped you manage a hostile or unsupportive environment).
I embrace diversity, working affirmatively with people who identify as LGBTQ+ and offering a "black empathic approach" (Mckenzie-Mavinga, 2009). My intention is to offer an open-hearted, safe and reflective space that allows you to explore who you are, how you experience yourself in relation to the world around you, and what makes you thrive.
My psychotherapy training is in Gestalt, with its rich foundations in Zen Buddhism, existentialism, and embodiment (i.e. seeing the mind and body as parts of the same whole). I also draw on other approaches including CBT; Mindfulness; developmental theory (exploring how things you experienced in infancy may still be affecting your relationships in the present) and inviting you to consider how systemic and other inequalities might be influencing the distress you feel.
As well as traditional talking-therapy, I welcome expressive ways of working (although we don't have to; I take my cue from you). This includes drawing, crayons, sculpture, body movement, role play, the use of music - the possibilities are endless.
I have a small private practice working one-to-one with adults, and I run therapeutic weaving groups. I gained my Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy in 2015 from Metanoia Institute, where I work as a Primary Tutor on their MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy.