My approach to therapy is integrative and relational. By integrative, I mean that I draw on a range of psychotherapeutic, psychological and psychosocial theory to aid our shared understanding of the issues that you bring to therapy. I believe that this approach is most responsive to the uniqueness of each client – one model of therapy does not fit all. I work collaboratively, combining multiple therapeutic perspectives with what you know about yourself and your history, to uncover the roots of your problem/s. By relational, I mean that I will pay close attention to the therapeutic relationship itself, encouraging you to share how you experience and feel about the developing relationship. I believe that the emotional quality of the therapeutic relationship matters most in bringing about a resolution or healing, rather than specific techniques. Maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance between us will therefore remain central to the relationship.
I realise that the prospect of psychotherapy - talking about your troubles, past and current experiences and relationships- can be daunting. To help I try to provide a warm and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable and safe. I listen carefully and without judgement, helping you uncover meanings, patterns and choices. Whilst I do not offer easy solutions, I do support you to think more compassionately and clearly about yourself so that you have a stronger sense of who you are, both internally and in relationship to others. I also try to be transparent and open about the therapy process, maintaining a focus on your questions, thoughts and feelings about the goals and direction of therapy.
If you haven’t been in psychotherapy before, it may be hard to see how simply talking can bring about change. However, when you allow yourself the time and space to be truly listened to, you may find that coming to understand and value yourself through in-depth conversation with another can be profoundly liberating.
I am an integrative psychotherapist who is also currently in the final stages of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, accredited by the Health Professionals Council (HPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Experience, training and qualifications
I have many years of clinical experience working as a counsellor/therapist with a diversity of clients within the NHS, mental health charities, the voluntary sector, private practice and within educational settings. My wide-ranging training in psychotherapy, psychology, gender studies, education and human development, enables me to adopt a flexible approach to my work with clients and to respond to the uniqueness of each individual within their particular social environment. I adhere to the ethical codes of practice of the UKCP, BACP and BPS.
Doctoral Candidate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
MPhil Psychology and Education, University of Cambridge
MA Psychology and Education for Special Needs, UCL
BA (Hons) Gender Studies, UKZN
HDE (PG) SEC School Counselling and English, UCT
BA Psychology and English, UKZN
UKCP, BACP, BPS
Booking an Appointment
I recognise that finding a therapist and booking that first appointment can feel quite overwhelming. However, taking that first step could be the beginning of a process that enables you to bring about the changes you want to see in your life. I encourage you to book an initial appointment with me to talk about the issues that might be bothering you, to find out how therapy might work for you and whether I am the right therapist for you.
To book an appointment, or if you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, contact me through my website or leave a message on 07890817003. I will get back to you within 2-4 days. Please check my website for availability.
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.