Trust builds gradually between client and therapist, encouraging openness.
In a supportive therapeutic relationship you can express what is troubling you, and we can think together about your stresses, emotions, behaviours, as well as your inner strengths.
We can reflect on past and present patterns, and explore different ways of feeling, being and managing.
Sometimes we will be in conversation, sometimes I will simply listen.
From time to time we will review our work, aiming towards increased resilience, reduced distress and more satisfying relationships with the people who matter to you.
Effectiveness of therapy is influenced by aspects such as your developmental history, your current difficulties and strengths, consistent attendance, and the therapeutic quality of the client-therapist relationship.
In case you would like a technical description, my approach has a relational-developmental psychodynamic core, integrated with elements of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and mindfulness, informed by neuroscience.
Since March 2021, when the Covid-19 pandemic prevented in-person therapy, I have worked online. In my experience this is similarly effective.
MSc and Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
Middlesex University/Metanoia Institute
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
After several years volunteering in Samaritans and two years studying psychodynamic theory, five further years of training led to a diploma in integrative psychodynamic counselling and an MSc in integrative psychotherapy.
Before starting a private practice, I worked as an honorary counsellor in the voluntary sector and in NHS primary care (IAPT), and as an honorary psychotherapist in an NHS perinatal service.