People come to therapy for many and varied reasons and finding the right therapist to work with is extremely important if you are to succeed in realising your goals. You might have symptoms of low mood or anxiety or you might be experiencing difficult feelings around your relationships or at work but each and every one of us has a different life story that has contributed to how we are feeling in the here and now. None of us are the same but the one thing we do share is the reality and intensity of our emotions and how difficult these can be to understand at times. These feelings are trying to tell us something and they sometimes get in the way of leading the life we want to lead. My aim is to help people who struggle with how they feel about themselves and their close relationships, and to find new ways of approaching life and tolerating difficult emotions and feelings that just won’t go away.
What is psychodynamic counselling?
Psychodynamic counselling is helpful for people who feel stuck in the way they feel about themselves, their relationships and life in general. Symptoms of depression and/or anxiety are common and often connect in some way to our life history, to our relationships and our sense of self-identity or self-worth. My work is based on an exploration of how your life events have informed who you are, combined with a search for meaning and a deeper understanding of why you feel as you do today. Working together with me will help you find the answers you crave and a way to make sense of your life and a way to move forward. Ultimately, our aim in working together will be to change the way you feel about yourself.
So how will this help you?
What we know is that depression and anxiety are closely linked to how we relate to others, how we see ourselves in our main relationships and how we feel about ourselves. Working psychodynamically with a trained therapist will involve building a new therapeutic relationship where you can safely share your experiences, your feelings about your relationships and to explore new ways of thinking. Our work together will involve a period of supporting you through expressing your difficulties and acknowledging the impact they are having on you. It will involve looking at the things you do that get in the way of you living the life you want, and it will involve trying to work out or find other more adaptive ways of managing relationships, conflict, loss or change.
Therapy is a challenging but life changing experience.
It will involve challenging the way you think, reflecting on your own part in your dilemmas and being prepared to try new ways of thinking. Therapy is not about being given the answers to your problems but rather, through the experience of therapy, to find understanding and meaning and ultimately to change.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy Leicester University
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy - short term treatment for low to medium severity depression and/or anxiety
- Long term psychotherapy training in adult mental health in NHS secondary care
- Short term dynamic interpersonal therapy training within primary care NHS IAPT service
- Institute of Group Analysis foundation in group analysis
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
£55 per hour