Hello there and a warm welcome.
I offer an awareness-based approach to psychotherapy called Core Process both online and from an established practice in Camden Town, London NW1. I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds on either a short-term or open ended basis and have experience of a very diverse range of client issues.
I appreciate how enormous reaching out for help can be, especially when life becomes overwhelming or very uncertain, but my aim is to give you exactly the right support you need at this time in your life.
My profile is designed to tell you a little of who I am, how I work and to address some questions you might have about starting psychotherapy. Please feel free to phone or email me if you would like to know more about me, or to answer any questions you may have about us working together. I offer an initial free consultation, an opportunity for us to meet and explore the kind of help you might be seeking.
Core Process Psychotherapy is a contemplative, psycho-spiritual approach that combines the curative power of awareness with western psychotherapeutic theories. My commitment to what I do rests in helping clients come to know and experience their own well being and to be present with them during this journey. I work in different ways depending on each person using imagination, felt sense, thoughts, feelings and a deeper spiritual sense of being. Sometimes art or other creative modes may also be introduced in order to help express and process what is being experienced.
Within an environment of respect and warmth, my aim is to honour the uniqueness of your process in a nonjudgemental way and to help you find your own way of working. Practiced within an atmosphere of joint-enquiry and compassion, my approach understands awareness to be intrinsically healing and supportive of our discovering greater choice and freedom in our lives. I see my role to be that of a reflector and facilitator to your increasing awareness, a companion in your process.
From my own experience, I see that the heart of being human is relational in nature. Our wounds nearly always arise in relation to another, and so too does our healing. Whether it be childhood experiences, traumatic events or accidents, suffering is always relational in nature. From personal reflection and my experience in psychotherapy, I am committed to continue to deepen and learn what it means to meet another person in one's own joy and suffering and to continually work on my own ability to be present at greater depths and subtler places.
A psycho-spiritual approach to clinical work, to psychological trauma and archetypal defences of the personal spirit, whether they be of dissociation, stuckness, depression or addiction is informed by my engagement with Jungian psychology, psychodynamics and the parallels of a life long study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. I endeavour to bring this wisdom in my approach to psychotherapy and the possibility of finding a ‘primordial trust’ in relationship, with oneself and with one another, leading to greater contentment in the world and in how we relate.
My main psychotherapy training is in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original contemplative approaches to psychotherapy developed at the Karuna Institute in Devon. I undertook my clinical training at Homerton Psychiatric Hospital and at the Centre for Better Health, a community-based charity supporting recovery from mental ill-health, both in East London. I hold a Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University.
Additional specific training includes working with the Arts in psychotherapy, attachment theory, focusing and body psychotherapy. In 2009, I completed my foundation psychotherapy training in Art Therapy and hold a Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts from IATE.
Post-Qualification Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice
Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts
Practitioners Diploma in Craniosacral Biodynamics
UKCP — Registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
ACPP — Registered member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists
IABT — Registered practitioner of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings
In my psychotherapy practice, as someone drawn to both the spiritual and psychodynamic aspects of our experience, I have seen that the clarity and breadth of the Core Process perspective, deeply informed by Buddhist thought, can bring great meaning and personal transformation for people, especially when life appears to have fallen apart or loses meaning.
Following university with an academic background in business and finance, I worked professionally, first for a well-known multi-national, and then in the charitable sector as a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. In 1994, I started work with a worldwide organisation presenting the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, under the patronage of the Dalai Lama. I lived among the lay community and worked as International Finance Director both in the UK and in France. My clinical work is underpinned by over 30 years study of Tibetan Buddhism and practice of Dzogchen meditation, helping to make sense of my experiences through the realisation of the curative power of awareness.
In 2004, toward the end of a solitary one-year retreat, I underwent a profound transformation associated with a spiritual emergency. This experience, of severe physiological and psychological affect overwhelming ordinary reality, opened into a great curiosity about my own very early experience and set the foundations for my wanting to work with others suffering the effects of trauma.
I developed a keen interest in accessing very early experience and the possibility of resolving mental pain formed in pre-birth and through birth trauma. Working with pre- & perinatal psychologists and regression specialists, I found the use of artwork to be a transitional phenomena enabling clients to externalise intense bodily sensations and mental imagery where control could more easily be exercised.
Augmenting a body-based approach to my psychotherapy practice, I see feeling tone to be so important, since formed by our very earliest relationships, this sense of self arose out of a sensory felt experience early on in development. From 2011, I worked at the NHS Royal Free Hospital, London, in a specialist HIV/AIDS clinic with patients many of whom were from diverse cultural heritage and often refugees with traumatic histories providing craniosacral therapy, a non-invasive and yet extremely profound body-based therapy.
I operate a sliding scale of charges between £65 and £90 for a 60 minute session. The initial meeting is free of charge.
Contact & Location:
Contact me to arrange a free introductory session, I'd be delighted to hear from you.
07800 505 753
My practice is in a small quiet residential street next to Camden Road Overground Station and just north of the Regent’s Canal.
Camden Town Tube (Northern Line) is 4 minutes walk.
Camden Road Overground Station is 100 meters.
Nearby bus stops serve routes 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253 & 274.
By Car: there are usually plenty of pay & display parking bays available.