I recognise that early life experience, childhood adversity,and the environment in which one grows up essentially define who we are. I take a relational and trauma-informed approach to working with people who come to see me. My focus is on the centrality of early life experiences and its impact later on in adulthood. I believe that no child is born bad, sad or mad and that the client’s unhelpful behaviour is their adjustment to their early life difficulties. Therapy seems to work best in a reparative and reflective relationship. Taking an attachment and trauma-informed approach enables the therapist to avoid using the pathology of mental illness which tends to objectify and stigmatise people.
I approach all of my clients with empathy and compassion and provide emotional support to enable my clients to feel validated, understood and recognised . Using a relational approach, means that fundamentally the healing capacity lies in the collaborative relationship between the client and the therapist. Using a deep theoretical understanding of Attachment and developmental theories, offers the possibility for a transformative shift in life that can lead not just to stabilisation of symptoms but to add meaningful change in the client’s relational lives in a long lasting way.
I am an attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a UKCP registered. I trained at the Bowlby Centre, London in 2000.I take a relational and trauma-informed approach to working with people who come to see me.
I work with individuals who have suffered from depression, anxiety, sleep-problems, eating issues, OCD, phobias and addiction. They may also have had relationship, career, fertility or identity problems. I also see people who were diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I approach all of my clients with compassion and care and help them to relieve their troubling symptoms. I recognise that childhood adversity, early life experiences, and the environment in which one grows up, defines who we are. I provide emotional support and empathy to enable my clients to accept their feelings and manage them better.
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.