If you are experiencing difficulties such as relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger, low self-confidence, self-harm, family issues etc. then I may be able to help, as I have worked with people experiencing a broad range of distress. However, rather than particular symptoms or issues, I am qualified to work with people whatever their psychological/ emotional distress. I am interested in your relationship to whatever you bring. This helps us uncover what maybe helpful specifically to you.
During the therapy process, we both participate in making sense of your experiences. The first step is to meet to see how we get on; this is a chance for you to see if we're a good fit by how well listened to and understood you feel.
I have completed a nine-year professional training, this means that I can support you with your current issues via:
Short-term counselling- support to face, process and start to deal with a specific issue, e.g. a relationship break-up.
Longer-term psychotherapy - again support to face, process and deal with a specific issue, and we get to know and address the underlying difficulties that may be contributing to your distress. So, if your relationship breaks-up, the impact can be addressed through short-term counselling. But, if you feel dissatisfied with the way you are in relationships; noticing patterns that keep occurring, or patterns with the way others always seem to respond to you, then we would address this through psychotherapy over time. (see my website for more information).
Couples counselling- Having a space to hear each other out, can help to sort through what's going on between you. Addressing problems is an intimate act and can bring you closer. Processing your own position, feelings, and the meanings of your experiences, in couples therapy can create an opportunity for you and your partner to understand you more. Sometimes there's a specific crisis that shakes everything up. Other times, you may both just know that something's wrong/changed/ puzzling you. Whatever distress/ dissatisfaction you're both experiencing, can be usefully explored through couples work
About My Approach:
I see emotional distress, such as generalised anxiety or depression etc. as coming about through difficult life events, or changes. Another important aspect of why these symptoms arise is connected to the way we have learned -through early relationships and culture– to relate to ourselves, our emotions and to others. Since our culture undervalues emotional life, most of us haven’t had the degree of support needed for us to have and express feelings constructively in our relationships. If we haven’t received this support, instead of knowing how to use our feelings as a guide in our lives, we find ourselves unable to bear them. In an attempt to cope, we may lash out or numb our feelings in various ways, such as through addictions, self-harm, overeating or not eating enough.
Therapy can increase your emotional integration (a fuller awareness of your thoughts, feelings and intuitions – and your ability to use these to guide you), thereby easing your symptoms. Other life issues, such as loss or relationship break-ups, are a part of life for everyone, but how we each get through these experiences is again partly related to our emotional development. We are all on a spectrum of less/more emotionally integrated: with more integration, we still encounter life challenges, but we can recover more quickly. The therapy relationship that we build may expand the choices you have, and help you find a way to be with yourself and others more constructively and satisfyingly.
A widely held view is that the particular theoretical approach that a practitioner uses is less important than the quality of relationship created between the client and therapist; this is what contributes to healing. So although I am influenced by particular theories, I'm also responding to the unique relationship created between my clients and I.
Whoever you choose to work with, I would recommend choosing someone who has had at least some experience of their own therapeutic process. It is widely understood by most schools that this is the basis for being able to work therapeutically with others.
You can email me with any questions you may have, or call for a brief chat, before making a decision to come for an initial appointment.
I also work with couples.
I abide by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) Codes of Practice, and receive regular professional supervision for my work.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy - Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) and Middlesex University
Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy - BCPC
Certificate in Relational Couples Therapy - CRCT
Diploma in Supervision - CSTD
I am UKCP Registered.
My training offered a broad theoretical input; I mainly integrate Intersubjective Systems Theory (relational psychotherapy), Dialogical Gestalt, Person-Centred values, and Body Psychotherapy in my work. Please see my website for more information about these approaches.
I have been working in private practice for more than fourteen years. Previously I have worked as a counsellor within a University setting. I have also had different roles working in social care, in both voluntary and statutory sectors.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
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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