As a psychotherapist I look to find a balance between providing a supportive and empathic environment, as well as challenging when needed. In this regard I seek to develop a deep and honest relationship, whilst also adhering to professional boundaries. I draw upon a number of therapeutic approaches in supporting your healing journey. This includes Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Jungian. I am also a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, which means that I work with the whole person, including mind, body and spirit. This helps me to understand the holistic needs of the client. Working transpersonally may include addressing the need to have more depth and meaning in one’s life, or to understand a crisis as potentially being an invitation to have a deeper relationship to oneself and the world.
Whatever your reasons for therapy, my integrative training means that I can adapt my way of working to suit each client’s unique needs, which may change as we work together. I am interested in how our experiences from the past shape our present, in terms of relationships, self-image and self-beliefs. I work empathically with my clients, with an awareness of both what has happened and what is happening in the ‘here-and-now’. I pay attention to what is happening between us as well as what you are experiencing with your breath and body, and may use mindfulness exercises to help you to stay in the present.
I have worked in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for the past 10 years, as well as working in the healing professions for the past 16 years. Through this time I have developed an effective means of supporting clients in crisis. I specialize in offering an holistic approach in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bereavement, and addictions. This means working with all aspects of your experience, as a means of helping you to gain a more complete understanding of the underlying issues related to these difficulties. My experience of working with clients over a 10 year period has shown me that this is one of the most effective methods of fostering lasting change. Having worked in mental health for a number of years I am able to receive referrals from client’s presenting with severe and enduring mental health conditions.
Alongside talking together, I may suggest the use of mindfulness, creative visualisation techniques, drawing, and dream work. These can be a powerful means toward helping you understand and fulfil more of your potential, and the discovery of your real self.
For some people beginning therapy can feel uncomfortable or embarrassing; believing that somehow we have failed to resolve our problems through our own means. Often behind this belief is a view of self-reliance that can leave us feeling isolated and anxious about not measuring up to other’s perceived expectations. As a psychotherapist I feel privileged to hear the deep honesty and great courage that many of my clients have in their lives, and how these have helped them to cope in difficult and often challenging environments.
Whether this is the first time you have come to therapy, or you have previous experience, I seek to offer support that is tailored to your needs, at a pace that feels manageable for you.