A core interest is the coping/survival adaptations & self-judgement/rejection that can be triggered by formative relational distress, neglect and trauma, and how this can compromise self-image/esteem, diminish our expectations of self, others and life, and be a significant factor in various chronic issues/patterns, compulsions and addictions. By affirming the stability needed to safely contain & relate to our distress, identify needs, better regulate/integrate intense feelings and trauma, we can feel increasingly safe, embodied and at home in the present, which can enable us to find greater clarity, inner peace/self-acceptance, wholeness and fulfilment.
Associate Psychotherapist The Gestalt Centre London NW1 (UKCP Reg.1996-present).
I offer a therapeutic relationship affirming creative renewal, integration and wholeness, promoting clarity and mindful self-compassion. I draw on relational/attachment approaches/neuroscience, trauma recovery, and Internal Family Systems - IFS level1 cert. 2016 - The IFS Institute ("IFS" refers to our "internal family" of different parts of self, and how these can be impacted by stress/trauma); also psychodynamic, cognitive, addiction and other perspectives.
Other biography: Associate Tutor University of Surrey Psychology Dept (2010-2018): facilitating personal/professional development groups for Counselling Psychology doctoral students. Past group facilitator/supervisor the Gestalt Centre London.
Counsellor (1990-present) Reg. MBACP: Co-founder (1999), counsellor (1999-2004) with The Cancer Counselling Trust, and counsellor with CancerBackup charity (1997-99). Bereavement counsellor Trinity Hospice, Clapham (1990-93).
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.