I'm an experienced and accredited psychotherapist offering warm, wise, genuine conversation to help you build a more satisfying relationship with yourself and your life. You may be seeking psychotherapy because of a life event, a crisis or just a growing sense of imbalance or dissatisfaction. You may be feeling disproportionately angry, anxious or sad, or feel overwhelmed, collapsed or stuck. Psychotherapy can transform crisis into a gateway to growth.
I have a special interest in attachment and in how we can form satisfying and secure connections with others. I work with unhealthy attachment patterns such as idealising other people and seeking to please, or feeling angry, critical and disappointed. Maybe you experience anxiety or overwhelm in relationships and want to withdraw or struggle to feel connected to others at all. Maybe you feel abused or abusive. These difficulties often track back to early formative experiences with our primary attachment figures. We will work to make sense of your experiences and feelings and how these difficulties can be resolved through a healthier attaachment to yourself. This can be longer-term work over several years, but typically results in profound and irreversable change.
I also have expertise and a background in creativity. Our creativity allows us to sense and express our felt experience to the world, to make things that delight or satisfy us, to find imaginative solutions to problems and to be seen by others. I see creativity as a resource for a healthy and satisfying life, yet when we're emotionally out of balance, our creativity often takes a hit. Conversely, when we feel secure in ourselves, we can be playful, open and generous. I work with artists and creatives who want to understand their blocks to fully realising their creative identity and see their work flourish.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a certificate in psychotherapy and counselling (2014) from Spectrum in London (www.spectrumtherapy.co.uk) This was a five year modular training and I began working with clients in 2012. The majority of my work has been in private practice, though I've also worked as a bereavement support volunteer for Cruse. Spectrum's training included modules in Working with Anger, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Clinical Skills and Sexuality. I continue to engage in regular professional development and supervision.
I also hold a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the Iron Mill in Exeter and a Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse).
Before training in psychotherapy, I worked for many years in the arts and education. I'm a qualified teacher, have an MA in art education and trained in coaching with the Cultural Leadership Programme. I've worked as a reseacher and consultant on creativity and the arts. I've always been passionate about supporting people to learn, change and flourish. My own experience of psychotherapy has been key in the integration of creativity into my life, my emotional balance and well-being.
I'm happy to talk to those interested about the theoretical frameworks that underpin my practice, which integrates person-centred approaches with Gestalt techniques and Formative Psychology.
I'm an accredited member of the BACP and comply with the BACP's Ethical Framework in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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.
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Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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From £65.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone session
My fee is £65 for a 50 minute session.
Tuesday - Thursday 9.30am - 6.30pm
I'm currently working mainly online, and offering some face to face sessions outdoors or inside, if desired.