I work in central Stroud with individual adults suffering from distress from a variety of causes, such as anxiety, depression (including postnatal) phobias, trauma, relationship difficulties bereavement and loss, or who simply have vague feelings that life could have more to offer.
As a Humanistic Integrative practitioner I work with the relationship between myself and each individual client, aiming to provide a safe space in which to explore in confidence deep underlying concerns. I integrate a psychodynamic approach with a humanistic way of working. I believe many people have become disconnected from their sense of their own truth and innate worth and by sometimes focusing on the body and breath re-connection can be achieved. I also use EFT (emotional freedom technique, tapping) and AIT (Advanced integrative therapy). This makes use of the body's energy channels and speeds up the processing of overwhelming emotion.
I believe that given the right environment every human being can flourish and I aim to foster a relationship in which growth can occur. I have considerable experience of working with people who have suffered trauma, This may be a single episode of major trauma such as a car crash, or frightening event, or there may have been on-going trauma such as child abuse. Sometimes parents are not deliberately cruel but have been unable to meet their child's particular needs and the resulting low self esteem can affect many areas of life
Often life transitions such as divorce, retirement, loss of job, being diagnosed with a chronic illness, can lead to unexpectedly difficult feelings.
My previous career was that of GP and I am experienced in working with those who have been diagnosed with life threatening or debilitating illnesses and their carers. I am interested in the part psychotherapy can play in helping cope with such conditions as stress related illness fibromyalgia whiplash or chronic fatigue.
Having worked with refugees I am used to working with inter-cultural issues and people whose English is limited as well as those who have left their home country.
I am interested in working with those in the beleaguered public services who are at risk of suffering burn-out or compassion fatigue.
I am also interested in the part poetry and writing can play in increasing well-being
Training, qualifications & experience
I obtained the Diploma in Humanistic Integrated Psychotherapy via BCPC (Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy)in 2003.
Since then I have undertaken further training in trauma work and have a certificate in EMDR.
Training in energy work EFT, AIT
I have a diploma in creative writing for therapeutic purposes.
I was a founding member of the Cotswold counselling and support centre and set up and co-ordinated a counselling service for refugees and Asylum seekers in Gloucester.
I qualified in medicine MB.BS London University in 1970 and prior to 1998 I was a partner in a General Practice in Cirencester
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
life limiting illness
Concessions offered for
£48 per 50 minute session. Concessions for those receiving state benefits and for carers of disabled or ill relatives.
weekdays and evenings with last appointment 7pm