I have been working as a therapist for 23 years. I trained in Core Process Therapy at the Karuna Institute, and followed this by 3 years of Group Analysis, to what was then pre-diploma level. I would describe the work I do as mindfulness-based psychodynamic psychotherapy, but that, of course, is only the headline, and doesn't help people (especially those who have had no previous experience of counselling and therapy) know what happens in the room with me.
The simplest way to describe this is to say that as we begin to talk together, I will gently encourage you to be aware of what is happening in your body and your feelings. We might say that your body holds all of your experience, everything that has happened to you, and in working with the body, we gradually get to know what we need to know, in order that healing may happen. Of course, we already know, and have always known, but, for very important reasons, we've 'forgotten', we don't wish to know or remember.
I might talk about how, when we're more aware of our bodies, we become aware of a 'something'; feelings that aren't readily understood or identified. When we sit awhile with this 'something', then images, associations and feelings may start to arise.
I will also talk about the importance of relationship. We might say that, for human beings, the damage happens in relationship, often quite early, and the place for that damage potentially to be healed is in relationship. But for that to happen in therapy, the relationship has to feel safe, so that trust can gradually grow. That is the heart of therapy.
I work with couples, and also offer clinical supervision for groups, and for individuals. I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and work in the centre of Edinburgh and also in the West End of Glasgow
Training, qualifications & experience
Core Process Psychotherapist, registered with UKCP since 2000
Supervision training with the Karuna Institute 2006
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am offering online Clinical Supervision from Monday to Friday during the lockdown, and for as long as necessary thereafter.