As an Integrative Counsellor/Therapist I work using a developmental-relational approach that uses a synthesis of Humanistic Psychology, Object Relations Theory and Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology. I ‘integrate’ these approaches depending on the needs of the person I am working with, with the aim of enabling them to experience life in the fullest way possible for them.
Working in this way enables an understanding of how past experiences shape how we are today, while also focusing on here and now experiencing. The relationship between therapist and client is very important. Once a trusting secure relationship is achieved, it can be used as a way of exploring issues affecting you in order to find more fulfilling ways of being in the world. Through this relationship, you will be able to have different experiences of relating and being, in order to grow and make positive changes.
The uniqueness of a therapeutic relationship is the availability of another human being who has no preconception of you and no personal agenda other than to be in relationship with you and be helpful in guiding you in your right direction.
Confidentiality and trust are considered to be of utmost importance in therapy. Clients may share difficult feelings and thoughts with me and in doing so can expect that any details of their personal identity will remain confidential.
I am registered with and adhere to the Ethical Code of the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) which is a constituent member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
All my client work is supervised by a UKCP registered supervisor who supports me in my professional and ethical practice.
As a Psychotherapist, I work with individual adults with the aim of resolving issues and enabling life enhancement. I have worked as a therapist since 2008, both in the voluntary sector and in private practice. I have extensive experience of both long- and short-term work with a wide range of issues.
The uniqueness of a therapeutic relationship is the availability of another human being, who has no preconception of you and no personal agenda other than to be in relationship with you and be helpful in guiding you in your right direction.
In working with my clients, my aim is to meet them with empathy and respect and without judgement, valuing their uniqueness and individuality, whilst tailoring the therapy to their specific needs.
I have particular experience in working with stress, anxiety, depression, psychosomatic symptoms, panic attacks, feelings of low self-worth and low self-esteem, physical and emotional abuse, bereavement, trauma, addictive patterns, relationship problems, eating disorders, and those who are struggling with a lack of purpose and meaning in their lives.
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.