What does it mean to be human? Why do I not fit in with other humans? What makes me tick?Who am I? What is my purpose? How do we understand each other?
These are all common questions my clients often voice...
As humans we are dependent on satisfying relationships with others for our emotional well-being. Sometimes this has broken down, or never existed, leaving the person feeling emotionally damaged with a feeling of confusion or uncertainty about who they are and how to 'be' with other humans.
I am dedicated to working with people experiencing psychological disturbance and relational pain to gain a deeper understanding of how they relate to themselves, others, and the world around them.
My central ethos is one of empowerment of individuals and groups to move away from destructive, distressing ways of thinking, relating and behaving, and move towards development of core psychological strength, self-knowledge and growth.
I am enthusiastic in working with adults and young adults suffering with complex emotional needs and relational difficulties as well as providing support and education for family and training and supervision for professionals.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a qualified mental health nurse and I have worked within mental health services for over 26 years and have specialised in providing psychotherapy for individuals with complex emotional needs for the last 18 years. I am the Managing Director of Sapiens (www.sapiens.org.uk) and also work in the NHS as clinical specialist and clinical lead for the high intensity tier of the personality disorder service in Oxfordshire.
I work with all levels of emotional distress and trauma and offer individual, couple and group therapy as well as online therapy. Please see the Sapiens website for more information.
I spent over a decade working in acute psychiatry and eating disorders prior to specialising in psychotherapy and I am a trainer and consultant for mental health professionals.
I am the co-founder of the leading specialist carers service for those with loved ones enduring complex emotional needs and/or a diagnosis of personality disorder. This has involved the design and delivery of education and support for parents, partners, siblings, children, and others thrust into a support role.
I work with a relational model of psychotherapy and have an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. This model is integrative and humanistic in its origins and is concerned with relating to my clients on an authentic, human level. I offer a range of therapy and self-growth options.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Certified Transactional Analyst (P)
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
BA (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
Registered Mental Nurse
Additional training in CBT, Group Analysis, Personality Disorders, Coaching
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Please refer to the Sapiens website, www.sapiens.org.uk for details of fees and options available or contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
my dual training in psychiatry and psychotherapy and extensive experience and specialisation in working with complex relational issues and trauma contributes to a slightly higher than average fee in South Oxfordshire.
There is no charge for the initial consultation.
I also offer confidential online therapy via VSee
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am able to offer some evening and weekend sessions as well as working hours during the week.
Types of client
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