I am an existential-analytic psychotherapist (UKCP accredited) who works with individuals experiencing manifold variations of suffering - from everyday misery to profound and disconcerting despair; from identifiable complaints to more diffuse and unknown confusions and conflicts.
I provide a therapeutic space that facilitates the client's ability to begin to explore unresolved, deep-rooted and primary issues that have contributed to the manifestation of their current and often distressing symptoms.
With the individual's "experience" being central to the work, consideration is given to the psychological, psychosexual, historical and social contexts as well as the place the individual occupies in relation to the world.
How Psychoanalysis and Existentialism help
I work primarily from a psychoanalytic perspective with existential influences.
Psychoanalytic work can enable the client to be clearer about the unknown/unthought/unspoken forces moving through them. Within this work, value is placed in working towards making the unconscious conscious, and exploring the extent to which underlying issues are shaped or impacted by founding past relationships and/or experiences.
Existentialism on the other hand, facilitates a reflection of unescapable aspects of existence such as: finitude, mortality, death and anxiety, whilst also situating the individual within a greater social context.
I believe that therapy provides a place for an inter-subjective, therapeutic encounter, where individual’s who feel displaced, misplaced, alienated and frightened can begin to raise questions about the neglected and forgotten aspects in their lives.
To get started, send me an email and we will set up an initial consultation at a mutually convenient time. In this session, we will talk about what brings you to therapy and if we agree to work together we will make arrangements to meet weekly.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over many years, I have worked as a therapist in both private and public sectors, carrying out short and long-term therapy. Currently, I am in private practice working with a wide range of psychological issues.
I held the post of assistant editor for the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (EJPC) - a peer reviewed publication focusing on "contributions and debates between different European theoretical approaches to psychotherapy, counselling and health, and their respective traditions of practice and research"(EJPC). As a result of this position together with my own PhD research, I have an ongoing and keen interest in considering continental philosophy/theory and the implications this holds for current practice.
Masters of Science MSc (Dist), Counselling and Psychotherapy- University of Roehampton (accredited by UKCP AND UPCA)
Post Graduate Diploma, Counselling and Psychotherapy- University of Roehampton
Post Graduate Certificate, Counselling and Psychotherapy- University of Roehampton
Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts (Hon) , University of Witwatersrand
Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Member of Southern Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling (SAFPAC)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Currently, I only have day time appointments available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
I see clients for 50 minutes, once or twice weekly and generally on a long-term basis.
Currently, I am working towards my PhD with a focus on the "unspeakable" within the psychological therapies.