I work using Contemporary Psychotherapy, which is a pluralistic approach. This means that I call upon everything I have learned to make the therapy fit your needs, rather than try to fit you to my preferred style of therapy.
I feel that the early years of our lives shaped us in ways we can't always see and I like to work in a way that includes our history. This fits well with my other therapy training in Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor, which is a body based psychotherapy. I believe that our bodies hold our deepest memories and wisdom, so we can't just rely on a cognitive approach.
I am also trained in sex and relationship therapy, so I work with individuals and couples.
Nothing is more important to success in therapy than how well we get on and form an alliance. I understand that we need to form a team to work with the issues you bring.
My belief is that we all have the capacity (and indeed birthright) to be able to be happy. Happy doesn’t mean laughing all the time, it means comfortable in our own skin. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean that everything in our lives runs smoothly, rather that we have all our inner resources recruited to serenely cope with whatever comes our way.
Most of us have a pretty good idea when things are not right. We feel pain, frustration, despair and alienation, and rather like an itch we just can’t scratch, the healthy solutions seem out of reach. I see my job as a psychotherapist to create a safe space for you to explore what’s going on, and then working together we will find the answers that are right for you. My objective is to help you turn your pain into pleasure, your frustration into satisfaction, your despair into meaning and your alienation into connectedness.
My particular area of interest is how the experiences of our formative years can shape our way of perceiving, and being, in the world today. Often experiences that did not validate our true nature show up later as anxiety, depression, feelings of shame and self destructive tendencies.
I work with individuals and couples from a comfortable clinic room in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire where there is free parking and nearby access to the London Underground. In response to the COVID pandemic I am mostly working online at present, but the clinic has been refurbished to meet COVID recommended best practice precautions, so I can see a small number of clients face to face. This involves careful hygiene procedures and a written risk assessment.