My work as an analytic therapist is based on the belief that we need reflection time with another person in a confidential safe space. From this space we can come up with solutions, explanations and understandings about ourselves in our lives.
I have always been interested in how we manage, contain or experience our internal histories and external situation. Our inner worlds play a part in the way we live our lives but our external world may impose unacceptable events on us that take thought as well as action to change.
I believe that our creativity can come into play to help us through particularly difficult times, so sometimes I introduce movement and drawing to take our work forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a therapist for the past 30 years and currently have my own practice based in the New Town in Edinburgh. I also teach in the Counseling and Psychotherapy Department at Edinburgh University and supervise practitioners and students in counseling and arts therapies.
I originally trained as a dance movement therapist in the USA, where I qualified as a movement analyst in the 1970s. I then moved to Scotland where I worked in the NHS and voluntary sector as a freelance staff trainer and consultant in non-verbal communication skills, team building and work place relationships and stress.
In the 1990s I trained as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist because I wanted to understand the power of words and how they work with our inner world. I qualified in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in 2001.
I qualified in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in 2001.
UKCP and BPC registered, CMA, BC-DMT, SrDMP.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Support and life process skills
I am available Tuesday through Thursdays, inclusive of early morning and evening times.