I hold a Masters degree and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (The Minster Centre, London and Middlesex University). I also currently train in Postural Integration, a form of body psychotherapy, at Entelia Institute, London.I am accredited and registered with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy). I am also a member of the Bristish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Being registered with these organisations means that I work within their Ethical Principles and adhere to their Professional Occupational Standards. Therefore you can be sure that I practice therapy within a good professional framework. I attend workshops, groups, courses and regular clinical consultation for my continuing professional development.
I have 16 years of experience in counselling people with substance misuse and mental health problems, as well as their partners, families and friends. I have worked in residential as well as community settings, in the charitable sector as well as in primary care/GP settings. I have a background in general as well as mental health nursing, which has led me into counselling.
My Therapeutic ApproachAt the core of my work is the therapeutic relationship. This means that I intend to offer a secure holding environment, from which you can begin your exploration. We may also look at other relationships in your life (past and present), and how they may have shaped you. The therapeutic alliance itself is a rich resource in therapy, as whatever happens here can be looked at and worked through together. The theories underpinning this approach are relational psychoanalysis and attachment.
I am also curious about the role of the body as part of psychological healing. Neuroscience research has shown a significant link between the mind and body in emotion regulation and the healing of trauma. When we are able to “think with our body”, i.e. to draw on the wisdom of our own embodied experience, we can feel more centered in ourselves and connected in relationships.
I draw from elements of gestalt and body psychotherapy when this way of working seems right for you; see also my page "Body Focus Therapy", which is something you may be interested in.
Finally, I believe that greater self-awareness can be a stepping stone to healing change. However, without self-compassion, our emerging insights can leave us feeling exposed. When kindness can be an anchor for this vulnerability, we can feel more supported in being with our feelings. This is mindfulness-informed psychotherapy, which brings a gentle attentiveness to every step of your process. When a piece of therapy work is briefer or more focused on a particular issue, I may also include mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
"It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey."
- Wendell Berry