Hello, I am a psychotherapist trained at the Existential Academy (NSPC) in London and I have experience working on the NHS; at a community based charity, The Centre for Better Health, and working with young people at a charity foundation, Signpost Counselling. I also work with adults and young people in the 16+ age group in a one-to-one setting, seeing clients for 6-12 sessions (once a week for 50 minutes). Because existential psychotherapy often works well when we have the opportunity to build a therapeutic relationship over time, I am happy to work with clients for longer term.
I am currently working on writing up my doctoral research with Middlesex University. My area of research is a phenomenological study of traumatic bereavement in adults, which means that I have examined the lived experience of traumatic bereavement in adults, including death by suicide; road traffic incidents; drownings; sudden death in children, among other types of traumatic bereavement.
Existential psychotherapy fits well with the sudden unexpected experience of traumatic bereavement, because when faced with tragedy and despair, we often question the meaning and purpose of our lives, questioning deep-personal spiritual questions such as, how can I survive in the face of loss? Is life worth living? Can I find meaning again without my loved one?
Meaning making is at the centre of existential psychotherapy, and I will help you to identify new ways of approaching and coping with your experience. You will be able to ask yourself different questions that help you understand the issues that bring you to therapy. The human spirit for resilience and survival is strong. However, during periods of transition, and at times of despair and loss, psychological resilience is severely challenged. It takes courage to ask for help and seek out support, but in a safe, supportive, therapeutic relationship you can learn different ways of facing life, and surviving change, crisis and loss, which I can help you to understand.