My training and foundations are in Psychosynthesis, which is a psychospiritual psychology. Psychosynthesis perceives the core of our being to be both uniquely individual and interconnected with all life. Mental suffering is understood to be the consequence of the struggle for (the spiritual) Self to emerge and free itself from adaptations which have become domineering and limiting in an individual. This recognises that the essence of a person is always alive and intact and can be found even in the depths of suffering.
I increasingly use an ISTDP way of working. ISTDP stands for Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. It is an experiential methodology, which means the primary focus is on all that is being experienced by client/patient in body and mind, as it occurs in the moment. This means the therapist is active in making observations and encouraging self-observation. ISTDP has been formulated to accelerate the process of therapy. There is a strong focus on anxiety regulation and on tackling the internal obstacles that prevent progress and healing.
I am a psychotherapist and counsellor working in Devon. I am UKCP registered, which means I adhere to their code of practice, including regular supervision.
My approach is founded on the principle that each of us has inherent potential to live a rich and fulfilling life.
Buried feelings and unhelpful, habitual ways of thinking and behaving can block or limit this potential, and even our sense of who we are. This can lead to many distressing symptoms such as depression and anxiety, and prevent us from living as well as we would like.
Erich Fromm’s definition of well-being describes the antithesis to this suffering:
“Well-being means to be fully born, to become what one potentially is; it means to have the full capacity for joy and for sadness... to react and respond as the real, total man I am to the reality of everybody and everything as he or it is.”
Here are some of many reasons people look for therapy:
- being stuck in negative, compulsive or destructive cycles of behaviour
- finding yourself sabotaging positive things in your life
- unable to have positive or lasting relationships
- ongoing issues in relationships
- feeling hopeless, empty or alone, with or without others
- feeling dissatisfied or frustrated with your life
- feeling like something is missing or that life is meaningless
- unable to feel emotions
- having uncontrollable or overwhelming emotions
- experiencing physical or mental symptoms of anxiety and panic
- having a horrible time but unable to understand or even describe what is going on
- feeling confused, lost, foggy, zoned out
- unable to make decisions or know what you want
- sexual difficulties or dissatisfaction
- physical symptoms without medical explanation
It can feel daunting going to see a therapist for the first time. Some people have never asked for help. Therapy is hard work but it can turn people’s lives around.
Understanding how we relate to ourselves and others, and experiencing our full range of feelings leads to increased freedom and choice, and in turn a renewed sense of purpose, vitality and connection to life, and more satisfying relationships.
The initial consultation is usually the same format as all sessions, so you should get an immediate experience of what the therapy will be like. Everyone is different, and so while I do have a style of working, this inevitably adapts in accordance to what we find out is helpful to you.
Training and qualifications:
MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling
Continued Professional Development (CPD):
ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy)
Early Relational Trauma
This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance.
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.