How I work
Empathy and trust is central to the way I work. It's important to be present with a client, with a wholeheartedness that puts theoretical considerations in the background.
We all have a source of wisdom inside us
A part of us that knows what we really need and knows how we can heal and grow. My role involves helping you to discover and have trust in your own inner wisdom.
Inside each of us are all the qualities, abilities and characteristics that we need to overcome the challenges that life brings. Therapy can help to unblock and unfold those qualities, finding balance and harmony in place of conflict.
Negative personality traits may simply be blocked and distorted qualities that are potentially very useful.
I make use of theory and different techniques from a spectrum of different approaches; however, the decisive factor in the therapy is the confidential relationship between me and my client. I create a non-judgemental space where the client can develop the trust they need to be themselves.
My work integrates psychodynamic, existential, humanistic, mindfulness based CBT and transpersonal modes of psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in the use of mindfulness, working with dreams and using active imagination. I find it helpful to work with mindfulness of bodily experience and may also use art, creative imagination and visualisation.
I draw on the work of Carl G. Jung, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Harry Guntrip, Carl Rogers, Fritz Perls, Rollo May, Anthony Lunt and many others.
Trauma and neglect
Counselling may focus on a particular issue, psychotherapy goes deeper and involves looking at the development of the whole personality.
Understanding how my clients have developed through childhood and adolescence can provide much insight into what might have been blocked or distorted in a persons development and therefore what a client may need to develop or let go of in their life now. I have often found that coping strategies, that were developed in childhood in response to traumatic events or neglect, get carried over into adulthood stifling further development of the personality.
This can result in a type of stuckness and a tendency to repeat the problems of the past.
The growth and development of the personality is a natural process, we all have the innate potential to live a satisfying life. My role is to help my clients recognise and overcome the blocks to their natural growth. When the blocks are removed, healthy development resumes naturally.
I am professionally insured and follow the UKCP code of ethics.
Psychotherapy can be effective in both the short term, medium, and long term (6 months up to 3+ years). The length of the therapy will depend on what you wish to resolve and develop in your life.
Sessions are once a week, for 50 minutes. The fee is £45 per session.