Psychotherapist for individuals, couples and families. I work with adults and young people. I treat those experiencing anxiety, depression, phobias, panic disorder and relational issues such as betrayals and affairs, separation and divorce and family issues, amongst others. I specialise in social anxiety and trauma including those who have experienced childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist. I am also fully trained and accredited in EMDR which is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.This is a clinically proven effective treatment for recent and developmental trauma. I have also been an associate tutor at the University of Surrey doctorate counselling psychology programme. I have worked in a residential centre for developmental trauma so have plenty of experience with ADHD, Bi Polar, and other personality disorders.
I trained for five years at The Gestalt Centre, London, obtaining an MA in Gestalt psychotherapy and an advanced diploma. I have also trained in creative group work and Gestalt child therapy.
My professional background is wide and varied, most recently in the community sector with both adults and young people as a counsellor and group facilitator. I have also worked in the NHS. This diverse experience means I am at ease working with issues of culture and identity. I also have a lifelong interest in the relationship between the body and the mind, practising yoga, dance and meditation. This has led to my specialist interest in working with trauma including PTSD and childhood abuse. Having always had a passion for realizing one’s full potential, I use my natural curiosity, empathy and warmth together with my skills to facilitate greater awareness of your behavioural, emotional and cognitive patterns.
You may come to see me because of relational issues, challenging emotions such as anxiety and depression, anger, abuse, low self-esteem, phobias, feeling stuck in a certain way of living, or simply a sense that you could be getting more out of life than you currently are.
Together we explore what brings you to therapy. I trust that as a result of our sessions you will come to a point where you are able to make more empowered choices. As part of my holistic therapeutic approach I invite you to notice the whole of your experience from body, mind, emotions as well as how you experience yourself in the room with me. I view all of this as information on how past experiences impact your present. I work on the Gestalt premise that all of our actions, even those viewed as negative, have a creative function. Therefore the aim is not to get rid of them but rather to own them more fully. By doing so we work with, not against your creative energy and open up the possibility to do things differently and to lead a fuller and richer life. I do this in a gentle, compassionate way with respect for your own pace whilst at the same time allowing opportunities to try different ways of expressing yourself, in the safety of the therapy session.
Drop me an email or text/ring if you would like to find out more before booking an initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Professional Diploma in Gestalt psychotherapy
- MA in Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies, Gestalt Centre London.
- Certificate in Creative Group Work, Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education.
- Certificate in Gestalt Child Therapy, West Coast Institute.
- Fully trained and accredited EMDR practitioner
- Primary certificate in CBT.
- Sensorimotor therapy
- Schema therapy
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£85 per session.