I have been working as an Integrative Psychotherapist for 30 years, running my practice from home and seeing individuals for short or long-term work. An initial consultation is offered to help both the client and myself decide whether the work is appropriate, how to focus and whether to enter a short-term or open-ended contract.
Please note that I do not offer couples psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience ranges from the Humanistic approach offered by my original training at the Chiron Centre for Holistic Psychotherapy to my qualification of MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from the Tavistock Institute. I have trained in Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and hold a certificate from WPF in post-qualifying CBT Skills. I am registered with UKCP as Integrative, representing my synthesis of the above within a pyschodynamic framework.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Panic attacks as understood in a psychodynamic framework
I can offer early sessions at 8am and also early evening sessions. I do not work at weekends
I hope most of all to bring a compassionate attention to whatever is troubling the person who comes for help and to offer my best understanding of what is being expressed.
I work with anxiety, depression, panic, stress and relationship difficulties as well as with people who just feel something is wrong but don't know how to name it. My intention is to bring understanding of how someone is acting or thinking which is not in their own best interest.
Current research in neuroscience, coupled with attachment theory, provides us with compelling evidence of the way in which our early life experience profoundly affects the way we process and relate to our emotions. I hope to be able to explore with my client the way that this early experience is being replayed in their current life and to help them relate to their feelings with greater compassion and clarity and to gain freedom from the old ways of relating to themselves and others. We will look at the person's responses to feelings and how this may be locked into outdated patterns of behaviour and thought.
I work within a psychodynamic framework which I believe best supports the expression of difficult feelings in a safe, non-judgmental and contained space and provides an exploration of new ways of relating to oneself.