My approach is to provide a safe and secure setting where we can work together to explore how you relate to other people, yourself and your past. By working together to find a sense of the past, you can better understand your present life and discover opportunities for change.
I run both a general psychotherapy practice and a specialist collaborative service working with people suffering from persistent or complex pain.
In my private practice I have worked with people with a wide range of concerns, including depression and anxiety, insomnia, self harming behaviours and relationship difficulties. In addition to my experience in private practice, I have worked on a Bridge Foundation / Bristol University student therapy project, supporting students using a short term therapy model; and also through my work at The Harbour. The Harbour is a charity which offers psychotherapy and counselling to people affected by life threatening illnesses has given me extensive experience of working with illness, loss and bereavement.
Having worked as a movement psychotherapist before training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I also have a particular interest in working with the relationship between our bodies and our emotions; between the physical and the psychological, and particularly in the field of pain. People are never just a body, or just their emotions, and whether there is emotional or physical pain, I believe in holding the wholeness of the individual in the therapy, with their body, mind and emotions.
As a result of this interest and in collaboration with physiotherapist Jenny Wickford, we have developed a service to meet the needs of people living with complex or persistent pain. In the therapy we consider your pain from a larger perspective. Dysfunction and pain can often be linked to experiences earlier in life, to experiences that might at first glance seem unrelated, as well as to beliefs about to pain.
For more information, please go to www.thewholenessofwellbeing.com.
Over the years of working in different places with people who have a wide range of difficulties and issues, I appreciate that for many people taking the first step towards finding help can be the hardest part and can take great courage.
I offer both short and long term therapy either once or twice a week, and the collaborative approach for complex and persistent pain.
You can contact me by telephone or email where we can talk about arranging an initial meeting, whether this is for general psychotherapy or the specialist service for complex and persistent pain. This initial meeting is an opportunity for you to speak about what brings you to therapy, for you to see how the therapy works and how it might help you.
After this, if you would like to continue, we can agree a plan on how to move forward. We can review how the sessions are progressing when needed.
Training, qualifications & experience
Before moving to Bristol, I completed my Masters training in Movement Psychotherapy at the Laban Centre in London and worked for ten years in community psychiatry, and mainstream and special needs education.
I then trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy in Bristol. Since qualifying I have worked on a Bridge Foundation / Bristol University student therapy project, and am currently a psychotherapist for The Harbour, in addition to my private practice.
I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council as a psychodynamic psychotherapist (registration number 22559) and am a member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy where I am on the psychodynamic training committee.
I continue my professional development through regular supervision and through participating in further trainings.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
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The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Complex and persistent pain
I currently have some daytime availability on weekdays and am offering sessions via the telephone, Zoom and face to face.
I am a member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy and am registered with the BPC as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist (registration number 22559). I adhere to the standards of good practice and codes of ethics of these organisations.