I work with intelligence, a little wisdom and humour, as well as the more conventional psychotherapeutic skills. I am an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, trained between 1996 and 2000 at the Bowlby Centre in London, and I was accredited by them as a supervisor, and training therapist (that is, I provide supervision and therapy to those who are themselves psychotherapists).
I am a Certified Practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-centred approach, having completed the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute's Trauma Training, their Attachment and Developmental Training, and their Certification Training.
I was a qualified practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), having completed all three levels of EMDR training, and the EMDR Association's Certification Programme. I still practice EMDR, but it is now just one of the tools I use in my therapeutic approach.
I've also completed a Mindfulness training.
From 2011 to 2014, I worked at the Neurology Department of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield, working with non-epileptic seizures, dissociation and other medically unexplained symptoms (e.g. chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, IBS) . I work from my home near the Sheffield Universities and Hospitals, just off the Ecclesall Road.
I do both short-term (5-13 sessions) and longer term (13+) work.
'Attachment-based' means that a central plank of my training is Attachment Theory, pioneered by John Bowlby, and now enthusiastically taken up in many professions, including teaching, medicine as well as psychotherapy and counselling. Attachment theory teaches us that the fundamental structures of our mind (what Bowlby called our 'internal working models') are shaped by early attachment relationships - secure, insecure (preoccupied or avoidant) and disorganised. Attachment - principally to people, but also to places, ideas, objects - is a central organising feature of all our lives, and traumas are essentially disruptions to attachment, which can precipitate us into crisis. Some people go into a state of permanent mourning over a loss; others avoid mourning completely - either way, the failure to process the trauma/loss can cause the most profound damage to our lives.
EMDR is a clinical technique that involves bilateral stimulation to the body, usually eye movement, but sometimes tapping techniques, or audio-stimulation. I use EMDR regularly in my practice for all kinds of relational trauma (bereavement, relationship breakdown, separation, divorce, redundancy - in fact for any traumatic event), as well as for PTSD, and the rather more obvious kinds of trauma, such as car accidents.
EMDR has aspects of Cognitive Behavioural therapy in it, as well as psychoanlytic themes of the unconscious and of transference. It's a powerful and effective tool, and is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) as a treatment for trauma,
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body psychotherapy which also has its roots in attachment and trauma theory. 'Body Therapy' means that I work with body responses to psychological trauma ("The body keeps the score" - the title of a book by the eminent American Psychiatrist, Bessel van der Kolk) and use Mindfulness techniques to unwind somatised responses to situations (chronic fatigue, non-epileptic seizures, aches and pains, dissociative disorders, fugue states).
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP registered since 2000 (registration number 005469)
Trained at the Bowlby Centre (formerly the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CAPP))- 1995-1999
Awarded Training Therapist and Supervisor status by the Bowlby Centre in 2003
EMDR level 1, 2 and 3 trainings in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
EMDR Practitioner Status achieved in September 2011
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Trauma Training 2010
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Attachment, Development & Trauma Training - 2012-13
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Certification Skills 2015-2017
Sensorimotor Practitioner Status achieved in April 2017
Approaching 12,000 hours of face-to-face client work carried out since qualification, with all varieties of emotional distress.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) including:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Non-Epileptic Seizures (NES)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Somatoform Disorder
I also work with Dissociative Disorders, including:
- Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID.)
- Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS)
First session (up to 60 minutes) is always free.
£50-£70 per session, depending on length of therapy and capacity to pay. This is a bit more than most therapists charge - but then I think I have the skills to do a more effective job in a shorter amount of time.
A standard session is 50 minutes. I sometimes work in longer sessions (75 or 100 minutes).
I am Chair of the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
I am a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland.
I was Chair of the UKCP Registration Board (2002-2006), and a member of its Governing Board from 2001-2006.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
Supervision & training
I am an experienced attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy supervisor.