I am an attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, in private practice with clients with a wide range of personal issues, since 2004. I have been a psychotherapist with an NHS Foundation Trust for 5 years within Acute Mental Health.
I work with clients who are struggling with areas of their lives and/or their sense of self, and may be affected by Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Difficulties, Eating Disorders, Attachment issues, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anger, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Suicidal feelings, Self-Harm, Addiction, and other difficulties.
In our first session, we will think about your therapeutic needs, how best how to meet them and the right length of treatment for you.
I take care in considering cultural issues of difference and diversity, and practicalities. Please contact me for further details.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA, Cambridge University
- Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - 4 year post-graduate training at the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (C.A.P.P., now known as the Bowlby Centre), 2002-2006
- Registration as a member of UKCP (CPJA College) 2013
- Practising clinical Member of the Bowlby Centre
- Chair of the Clinical Referrals Committee, The Bowlby Centre - this service matches enquirers seeking psychotherapy with a suitable Bowlby Centre therapist, through an Assessment for Psychotherapy process.
- Training Psychotherapist, The Bowlby Centre - I provide Psychotherapy to students who are in training to become Psychotherapists at the Bowlby Centre and at other training organisations.
- Clinical Supervisor - I am on the UKCP approved Supervisors' Register
- Executive Committee Member, The Bowlby Centre
- Registered as a recognised Psychotherapy provider with WPA, WPA Protocol, AXA PPP, AVIVA, Aetna and Vitality Health Insurance
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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
Guideline price for therapy per session:
Standard fee - £70 - £90 per session.
Fees may vary depending on your income. Concessions for low income may be available.
The duration of the individual sessions is 50 minutes.
Each of us is unique and able to change.
People come to psychotherapy with a wide variety of issues and emotional difficulties they want to address. If you are considering beginning psychotherapy, you may or may not know what the problem is, or what is causing your distress or emotional pain.
…the human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing. The psychotherapist’s job, like that of the orthopaedic surgeon, is to provide the conditions in which self-healing can best take place. John Bowlby
The sorts of problems Attachment-based psychotherapy can help people with include:
- Confusion about who you are, problems with identity
- Impact of violence, abuse and trauma
- Feeling afraid, panicky and stressed
- Impact of racism, oppression, discrimination, exploitation
- Experiencing anxiety, depression or suicidal feelings
- Feeling held back or stuck in your life
- Addictions, phobias and obsessions, eating problems, self-harm
- Feeling empty, lonely, abandoned, unable to make lasting relationships
- Impact of homophobia
- Loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown
- Problems around sex or sexuality
- Difficulties in family relationships
- Problems related to disability or learning disability
- Feeling in crisis or in a state of breakdown
Attachment-based psychotherapy has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships to human growth and development throughout life. Secure and supportive relationships enable us to develop a sense of who we are. When we feel alone, or relationships go wrong in childhood or adulthood, our ability to manage our lives may be disrupted or even thrown into crisis.
I see psychotherapy as a cooperative venture between psychotherapist and client. Secure boundaries and confidentiality provide a safe setting that can enable clients to share experiences and feelings that they may not have been able to talk about before. Long term healing of distress, anxiety or depression involves getting in touch with the underlying experiences and emotions to promote creative change in your life.
The growing attachment relationship with your psychotherapist will give you the opportunity to mourn past losses and to explore the impact of important relationships on your life – both current and past.
Sometimes we may find ourselves repeating patterns from the past or getting stuck in a lifestyle, relationships or behaviours which may not be helpful to us. A psychoanalytic approach is a method of communication which aims to bring into awareness those ways of being which are unconscious, deeply set and inclined to frustrating repetitions.
A psychoanalytic approach can help us to make sense of how we got to where we are now and to face some of the feelings and fears we may have hidden from ourselves.