I am an Integrative Psychotherapist. This means that I am trained in more than one model of therapy and I value and integrate both/ all approaches within myself. My trainings and approach involve a deep awareness of the safe use of power in relationships and knowledge of the 'social construction' of sickness and suffering. This means that if you choose me as your therapist, I will be aware of both your issues AND the environment (i.e the family, workplace, economic structures, prejudicial structures. housing, cultural context) in which your distress occurs. In this sense my work is 'systemic', meaning I tend to look at a client's distress within the environment within which it occurs. My approach is intended to support you to feel 'seen' and respected and to reduce shame, self-blame and to examine and release you from responsibility that may not be yours to carry. My therapy may also support you into taking more responsibility for your life and choices where appropriate. I have additional specialist skills in trauma-focussed work (EMDR) and group work/ mediation within Therapeutic Communities/ Families Systems. I am also trained in complementary therapies and as such approach people with a whole mind-body-spirit perspective.
I have been a counsellor and psychotherapist since 2001 and as such have gained a very wide range of experience in public services, the NHS and private practice. In the 20 years that I have been practising, there is little that I have not discussed with people seeking my help. Issues I have worked with clients on include:
Addiction, abuse, adoption, ADHD, age-related issues, anger, anorexia, anxiety, autism/ Asperger's, bereavement, boundaries, bulimia, bullying, cancer, carer stress, chronic issues, complementary health/ medicines, conspiracy theories, Coronavirus and associated issues, criminality, cultural issues, cult abuse, curses, death and existential issues, depression, disability, discrimination, drugs, eating disorders, EMDR, employment issues, empathic abilities (sensing the world of others), fear, gender, grief, health-related issues, identity problems, infertility, isolation, lockdown (and associated world issues), loneliness, mental health issues, narcissism and narcissistic abuse, obsessions and OCD, parents, phobias, physical abuse, psychosis, PTSD, psychedelic integration, race issues, relationships, religion/ faith-based issues, sexual abuse, sexual addiction, sexual problems, sexuality, sex work, shamanism, spirituality, stress, suicidality and suicide, supervision, telephone counselling, terminal illness, trafficking, training and teaching, transcultural issues, transpersonal issues, transgender issues, trauma-bonding (so-called 'twin flame' processes), vaccines, voice-hearing, workplace issues
My communication style is warm and accessible. I have specialist skills (i.e. EMDR, trauma-focused model) and in working with survivors of all forms of abuse. I have worked extensively with people with learning disabilities and those at risk of social exclusion. Settings I have worked in include; addiction services; a women's refuge; a rape crisis service; with young people; with looked after children; with people with enduring mental illness; in a hospice; with stroke survivors and most recently in the Psycho-Oncology team and end of life care at Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London. A further area of specialist knowledge and interest is that of narcissism spectrum disorders and narcissistic abuse and I have links with The Echo Society, a London-based charity.
My work has also developed in a way that could be described as 'transpersonal' (working with non-ordinary states of consciousness and experiences). I have been part of the Psychedelic Integration circle run by Imperial College London and have links with the Psychology research team who are trialling Psilocybin for depression. Patients are increasingly requesting help with their religious and spiritual process (especially in the context of Coronavirus lockdowns and related issues) including what could loosely be termed 'spiritual awakening'. I am able to support with issues of this kind, including the integration of what can be called 'transpersonal experiences' (non-ordinary states of consciousness/ experiences). I am open-minded with a wealth of life experience and have been on a spiritual path for many years.
I offer a free 30 minute telephone assessment/ consultation. My private practice is currently based in Glastonbury, Somerset. I am additionally happy to work via video or telephone call as required. My current fee is £65p.h. and I am willing to consider those who may need a concessionary rate on a case by case basis.
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.