I began my counselling career 20 years ago whilst working for HM Prison Service where I provided post incident support to members of staff who where directly involved in traumatic work related events. I have since gone on to gain a BSc degree in Integrative Counselling at Roehampton University and I have completed training in several evidence based NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) and WHO (World Health Organisation) approved psychotherapeutic interventions including Counselling for Depression (CFD), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
I have been working as a Psychotherapist in private practice since 2009 and I have previously worked for 10 years within the NHS as a Psychological Therapist in primary care.
Over the past 20 years my theoretical approach has evolved due to my training and work experience in various settings. Therefore I have developed an integrative approach which I am able to tailor to suit the individual needs of the client.
I have extensive and varied experience particularly in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, low self esteem, anger, grief, relationship difficulties, childhood trauma and attachment issues. However I have a special interest in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD). I have had great success treating PTSD with EMDR. EMDR is best known for treating PTSD however it can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, OCD, CPTSD and stressful life events such as bereavement, severe illness, traumatic births and divorce.
I am extremely passionate about my work as a psychotherapist and I strongly believe that we all have the capacity to overcome life’s difficulties, develop a strong sense of self and live meaningful and satisfying lives. My style of working is very much underpinned by honesty and compassion and it is my job to provide you with a safe, confidential space for you to talk openly about your difficulties. Sessions are collaborative, interactive, engaging, focussed and geared towards supporting your personal development and overall wellbeing for the long term.
Whilst I draw my approach from a variety of models including Psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, and MBCT, my work is also influenced by evolving and ground breaking neurobiological informed approaches such as EMDR, Sensorimotor psychotherapy and ego state therapy which offers something different from conventional talking therapies. This way of working can often prove life changing for clients, particularly those who have had several rounds of therapy that have not led to any long term improvements.
I am able to work short term with issues related to the here and now. However for deeper rooted issues a longer term approach may be needed. This is because sometimes it is important to look at past experiences to see how they may be linked with current difficulties. All of our life experiences can influence how we feel about ourselves, others and the world. Events during our developmental years such as repetitive or prolonged abuse, emotional neglect, school bullying, illness, parental divorce or abandonment or parental mental illness has been shown to have long lasting effects into adulthood. This can range from complex PTSD, interpersonal difficulties, recurring depression, heightened anxiety, chronic physical health conditions, maladaptive ways of thinking or behaving, chronic low self esteem, feeling empty or disconnected, emotional dysregulation and addictions.
I am able to work with clients who may have problems stemming from traumatic childhood experiences and help them to comfortably and safely process memories of earlier life. Together we will work on developing new and more adaptive ways to deal with the emotions, beliefs, body responses and thoughts that accompany them to reduce emotional distress and nourish their capacity for wholeness, self acceptance and healing.
Walking and talking therapy has become a new way of offering one to one therapy for clients who prefer to meet outside rather than in the counselling room or via video call. I am happy to offer this to clients however walking talking therapy is weather dependant and will be risk assessed.