I am an experienced UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist offering psychotherapy sessions to both couples and individuals.
My approach is based on working relationally, meaning I focus on establishing a safe and supportive alliance with my clients, before exploring how past experiences and relationships are influencing their choices, values, beliefs and relationships with others in the present. In my work, I am primarily informed by psychodynamic, attachment-based and existential thought and theory.
As a clinician, it is my belief that our mind and body are intricately connected – what our mind experiences, so does our body. I therefore find it invaluable to bring a focus to the body in my clinical work enabling clients to learn to become more present and aware of their bodies moment to moment, to learn to regulate (manage) emotional states through the body and to heal trauma that has become ‘stuck’ in the body.
Whilst I am clinically trained to both diagnose and work with specific and serious mental health conditions, my clinical perspective is that most, if not all, of the psychic troubles we experience are rooted in trauma. It is only through the appropriate revisiting of this earlier trauma and successful processing of the associated emotional states – physical and psychological – that we can be freed of re-experiencing these unprocessed past traumas in the present.
My clinical experience comprises a background of over 10 years experience in the field of applied psychology. I have worked in a clinical capacity as both a counsellor and psychotherapist across a range of public and private settings, including the NHS. As well as running my private practice, I have until recently worked as a psychotherapist as part of a multi-disciplinary team in palliative care working with terminal patients and their relatives.
I have worked with clients affected by many different issues, some of which have been very personal and particular to that individual and others which are common to many of us at some point in our lives such as bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and anger management. As a clinical psychotherapist I am trained to work with clients with short-term issues, through to more long-term complex work.
My clinical training includes both academic and professional training undertaken in Australia and the UK.
In addition to my formal clinical training, I have undertaken ongoing training in the fields of body psychotherapy, energy psychotherapy and have a specific interest in trauma and addictions.
I am open to working with clients from all sexual orientations and lifestyle choices and am comfortable bringing a multi-cultural awareness into my work.
I am available to see clients in private practice in central Hove and Lewes Monday through Friday, day times and evenings .