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With formative training in existential psychotherapy, my therapeutic practice takes the form of philosophical inquiry and reflexive, embodied dialogue.
I trained and qualified as a psychotherapist at Regent’s University School of Psychotherapy & Psychology in London and have been working since 2010 in private practice and within organisations, both with adults and adolescents. I have been fortunate to have worked as a psychotherapist within communities that have inspired and developed my therapeutic practice and approach, including The Psychosis Therapy Project and St. Joseph's Hospice. In 2018, I founded Gaia Therapy Project – a low cost psychotherapy and counselling practice based within the community of Hackney City Farm in East London.
Therapeutic practice is enriched through collaborative inquiry and action. Alongside my psychotherapeutic work, I have also taken teaching and supervisory roles at Hackney Community College and The Minster Centre and am grateful for the ongoing conversations with colleagues and students that this work affords me. I am involved with initiatives and campaigns that centre social justice amidst therapeutic practice. A writing practice is essential to nourishing my ongoing work and research; I have published in international journals and book collaborations. I am currently undertaking PhD research with the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, exploring the relationship between feminist psychotherapy and post-capitalist desire.
My therapeutic work is enriched and supported through a committed practice in the Zen tradition; I am active within the Zen community, both on and off the meditation cushion.
My psychotherapeutic approach is informed by my formative training in existential psychotherapy and my ongoing Zen Buddhist practice; both see life as inherently relational and dynamic. Both recognise impermanence, change, uncertainty, suffering and anxiety to be an inevitable part of our everyday lives. The challenge of life is to confront and find meaning within these existential givens, as opposed to avoiding or denying them. Psychotherapy provides a unique opportunity to do this. I invite clients to pay close attention to their experiences; we work collaboratively in clarifying and reflecting upon their situations in order to gain deeper insight and awareness into how they might choose to live with greater meaning and connection to themselves, to others and to the environment.
In an age where the prevalent therapeutic focus lies within a medical model of symptoms, diagnostic categories and panacea, I consider existential psychotherapy to offer a valuable therapeutic alternative - one which does not pathologise difficult experiences or impose normative assumptions of what good ‘mental health’ should look like, but instead tries to understand the messages these experiences might be conveying. We work together patiently, sometimes repetitiously, in bringing painful, stuck patterns of behaviour into awareness. This practice of therapeutic inquiry can take time, commitment and is inevitably challenging. We include not only examining individual experiences, but situating these within the familiar and social structures we are a part of, broadening our inquiry to include an understanding how social, cultural and political contexts may also be contributing to how particular narratives we might hold about ourselves and about others may have become normalized or sedimented. We may explore the impact of oppressive experiences. Psychotherapy is an opportunity to reflect upon the factors that construct our subjectivity and lead us to inhabit our lives in particular ways, enabling a (re)assessment of how these factors might both restrict and free us. It is through this ongoing practice of reflexivity that we can re-animate growth and cultivate a deeper connection to this practice life.
I work with individuals and couples/throuples. As well as working in person and online, I also work with clients in outdoor spaces, including the natural world within the therapeutic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master's in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Integrative Supervision for Individuals and Groups
I am accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical codes of practice.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 - £90.00
Fees start at £70 for individuals and £90 for couples per weekly or bi-weekly session, however, I do hold some low cost places available for psychotherapy trainees and those on low income. I offer a £30 initial consultation to provide opportunity for us to discuss your hopes for psychotherapy and establish if we feel able to work together therapeutically.
When I work
Currently, my practice is only open to supervision inquiries.
- Greenslade, R. (2020) The Other of a Feminist Praxis of Empathy, in Bazzano, M. (Ed) Re-thinking Existential Psychotherapy: Counter-Traditional Perspectives. London: Routledge.
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- Greenslade, R. (2015) Beyond mindfulness, towards antiquity. Self & Society: Vol. 43, No. 1, pp35-40.
- Greenslade, R. (2014) Mindfulness and Therapy: A Skeptical Approach, in Bazzano, M. (Ed) After Mindfulness: New Perspectives on Psychology and Meditation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.