My approach is to listen carefully to what you are communicating, both through your words but also in your manner of speaking. My aim is to be fully present to your experience and to my own. When we are fully present we can sense the impact that we have on each other, and this provides information that serves the therapeutic enterprise. I will intervene, guide, make suggestions etc according to how I experience you in the session. The use of any particular method, e.g, gestalt exercises, movement, role play etc will be negotiated with you, never imposed upon you.
I qualified as a Body Psychotherapist at Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre after several years of training, study and clinical practice. I held a private practice in Norwich, UK for six years and worked in mental health care in the National Health Service (the UK's statutory health service provider) for nearly 25 years.
In my years of working with individuals in psychotherapy and those receiving mental health care I have helped many people to discover a sense of safety in relationship, to find strengths and resources within themselves, and to bring healing to traumatic past experiences.
I am actively engaged with continuing my learning and professional development. I adhere to the code of ethics set out by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I maintain absolute confidentiality in my psychotherapy work with clients. The exceptions to this are when I feel concerned for your immediate safety or the safety of others. In such circumstances I would wherever possible discuss my concerns with you before sharing them with a third party.
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.