My aim is to help you explore experiences that you are troubled by so you can live with more ease. Perhaps there is a specific issue in the short term you want to overcome, or maybe it's more open ended and you want to reconnect with yourself and make deeper contact with where you are. Whatever is going on, it can be difficult to do it all alone, which is why I offer an open environment where you will be heard and supported to express your desires, fears, hopes and disappointments, and be curious about how and where they affect you.
The approach I take to therapy is embodied, relational, and influenced by existential and humanistic philosophy, while also recognising the way in which we are shaped from our early life experiences. However my focus is on giving you the space and time to bring the issues that are important to you now: this could be a lack of meaning and direction in life, an absence of intimacy with others, unfulfilling relationships, difficulties with sex or sexuality; bereavement, traumatic memories that feel stuck and immovable, or struggles with anxiety and depression. Equally you may feel unclear and this is just as significant a place from which to begin.
In each meeting there will be an opportunity to feel openly, think clearly and speak together about what may feel uncertain, perhaps intolerable, or even unknown. Making contact in this way can feel quite radical, especially when these channels for relating to ourselves and others are often closed in our day-to-day lives. However, it not only offers the possibility for living more creatively, but also the potential of a more meaningful, fulfilled life with the freedom to choose how you want to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
I've worked in a variety of clinical settings including national charities, local low cost therapy services and as an honorary psychotherapist within the NHS. I also have experience working within an IAPT service and so understand how difficult it can be to heal and transform in manualised treatments (CBT) that invariably leave little space for the complexity of who you are.
PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
Level 2/3 in Counselling Studies – CPTA
Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 (Trauma Therapy) – BSP UK
Embodied-Relational Therapy Diploma (Relational Body Psychotherapy) – Ongoing
I have also engaged in further experiential training: exploring community and psychotherapy at the Philadelphia Association and authentic movement (and it's relation to the brahmaviharas) at the Karuna Institute. Fundamentally my interest is located in two things: how we find our voice in the world with others and how we inhabit and express our bodies together. The ongoing relationship here, its joys and challenges and its significance for how we live our lives sits at the core of my practice.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial session is £25.
£50 per session thereafter with some reduced cost availability for students, the unemployed or those on low income. Check with me regarding this.
Each session will be for 50 minutes, usually weekly.