A fully qualified
WHO AM I?
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Theory & Practice from WPF, a highly regarded training institution in London that combines the academic study of theory with clinical experience. The course is ratified by Roehampton University.
Aside from my private practice, I have worked within the NHS and charities seeing a diverse group of service users. In addition, I have extensive experience as a forensic psychotherapist with clients in a secure setting.
I believe in the importance of continuing my professional development and regularly attend workshops and seminars to develop skills and explore thinking using a wide range of theories, from classic psychoanalysis to techniques developing from psychology and neuroscience.
Before becoming a psychotherapist I had a career in the arts and creative businesses, so I am particularly interested in how creative talent works effectively within the commercial world.
I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Foundation for Psychotherapy & Counseling (FPC) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. I am a member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy (IAFP). I hold an enhanced certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
HOW AND WHAT CAN I HELP WITH?
My training leads me to work largely, but by no means exclusively, in a model called Psychodynamic psychotherapy. A key emphasis is on the exploration of early parts of your life, key carers and their role and significance to you. We will look at these past influences to develop ideas on how they, along with unconscious motives, might impact on your present life. Thinking together about important events in your life – traumatic or otherwise - can help you recognise how patterns might have evolved. We can discover, what shaped your behaviour and emotions and what might be causing the problems in your relationships and your emotional wellbeing.
I respect that you will need to talk about deeply personal issues – indeed this might be the first time you have ever spoken of them. There will be painful events and difficult emotion to recount and relive. We will explore their meaning together and therefore help you understand yourself differently and to relieve the symptoms that trouble and inhibit you.
We can also think about your daily experience of life - the here-and-now. You can tell me what being YOU feels like, how you work, play and love and how you experience your relationships.
It can feel a bit odd talking to a stranger about such intimate matters but it is also this unique angle that becomes the very particular relationship that is therapy, where real opportunity for a shift within you happen. It is very different from any friendships you may have. A key part of therapy is the development of this therapeutic alliance and beneficial therapeutic change can come about from having a conversation with someone who can see your life through a different lens - someone like me.
I approach you and your world with an open mind and without judgement where all aspects of human expression can be discussed. I welcome adults of all race, colour, religion, sexuality and gender orientation.
SEXUALITY & GENDER
TRAUMA & GRIEF
Amongst the many different issues, I have experience in are: anxiety, depressed mood, anger, trauma, relationship dissatisfaction, attachment issues, grief, body dysmorphia, issues with sexuality and gender, low self-esteem and self-identity. I am also, an experienced forensic psychotherapist and therefore can help if you have past convictions and/or have served time.
Together we can explore the issues that might inform us, help us make links within your life and thus move towards a different view, giving you options that you never felt you had; this is the change you are seeking.
WHERE DO WE START?
It’s very common to want to ‘shop around’ and meet more than one therapist: talking with me has to feel that there is potential to develop this special therapeutic relationship. Once you have made contact using the contact form below, I usually suggest we have a brief phone call to ascertain if I can offer you the right support and if so, we meet to have an initial consultation. If speaking with me then doesn’t feel right for you, I do not take it personally and encourage you to seek help elsewhere with someone you feel is better suited.