I work in private practice, aiming to provide a service which suits your needs. My approach is to establish a trusting relationship within which to explore the issues you bring to therapy. I work supportively but with challenge, so that you can re-examine and change your ways of living when these are not working for you.
My training is integrative, meaning I have knowledge and experience of using different modalities. These include cognitive-behavioral techniques aimed at changing self-defeating patterns of thinking and behaving. I also adopt a psychodynamic approach when we 'go deeper' into your past life/development, in order to work out how harmful events and experiences impacted you in the past and are still negatively affecting you now in your present life. I work relationally, meaning my starting point is identifying with your experience as you sit in front of me, what you're thinking and feeling right now, and what that means in terms of our understanding how to make helpful changes in your life.
I am a qualified psychotherapist, with BACP registration and UKCP accreditation. I trained for five years at the Metanoia Institute, and have eight years’ public and private sector experience, which includes long- and short-term work. I hold a first class degree in psychology, a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, and an MSc/Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from Metanoia/Middlesex University. In addition to private practice I have worked in NHS placements and in charity settings such as Samaritans, Cruse and Mind.
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.