A client often arrives in therapy seeking relief from emotional pain and suffering from profound mistrust. Exploring how their pain might link to personal context and history, can potentially free them from essential coping strategies or dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behaviour. Behaviour that "...can be better understood as responses to trauma and adversity, and as ways of managing and surviving...pain and fear" (Watson, 2019, p.9) My role, is to help the client make sense of these complex emotions that a diagnosis can serve to shut down (Watson, 2019).
The process of expressing yourself, being yourself and accepting yourself within therapy, may help you make sense of the way you have interacted with others. Seeing yourself from the 'outside and others from the inside' (Barley, 2018), could allow you to reconnect with life and enhance your future capacity to seek healthy relationships.
Barley, A. (2018) ‘Holding mind in mind’. Therapy Today, Vol.29, Issue 7
Watson, J (2019) 'Who needs a diagnosis?' Therapy Today, Vol.30, Issue 1
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within mental health for the past sixteen years and have cultivated a growth mindset, which fosters curiosity and a passion for learning through effort and experience. I hold a Joint Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy / Media Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies (The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.
As you will gather, there are many different styles of therapy out there. Some focus on relieving your symptoms, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), while others, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, delve into the client’s past to help them understand themselves and move forward.
I am a psychotherapist who works with transference and relational language, which lays an emphasis on early childhood development and family dynamics and follow a change-based approach, incorporating experiential techniques, so the client can experience as well as talk about their upsetting thoughts, feelings and memories.
I adhere to a Professional Code of Practice, in promoting an environment in which diverse backgrounds and experiences are valued, treating all with respect and dignity. I have a Fully enhanced DBS certification and I am committed to ongoing professional training in all relevant areas.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
By Appointment Only
"I have adopted the view that there is no single psycho-therapeutic approach that can treat each person in all situations. The client needs to be considered as a whole, therefore interventions must be tailored to suit their individual needs and circumstances."
As well as listening and discussing important issues with you, I can suggest ways to resolve problems and, if necessary, help you change your attitudes and behaviour.