My background working as a Psychotherapist & Counsellor
My approach is one that aims to help you feel supported and understood. I offer Integrative Psychotherapy for both individuals and couples. I have many years’ experience working with: weight, anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, bereavement and relationship issues. My style is both friendly and in-depth, as an integrative practitioner I draw on different tools and models depending on your needs.
Before training to be a therapist I worked within the social care sector for 33 years. I believe we all have the potential and capacity not only to change but also to live the life we would like for ourselves - beyond all the fear, doubt, stress, confusion and upset. It just might take some time to get there and sometimes we just need some help and guidance to find our way.
A specialism I have is working with client’s struggling with weight issues. I have spent several years researching in to peoples ‘complex relationships with food’. From that work I developed a series of effective tools and training packages.
How I work
We meet on a weekly basis which can be for a defined period of time or on an on-going arrangement. Our work is confidential and I provide a safe space for you to talk about the things that are troubling you. These may be current or they may be difficulties that you've been struggling with for some time. The aim of our work together is to help you better understand what's going on for you and explore the best ways in which to move forward.
Often couples who come to work with me describe having lost connection with each other. This loss of connection is very painful and is often at the heart of most relationship conflict. I see much my work as helping couples to find their way back into connection.
Generally, we aren't taught how to be in a relationship or how best to express our needs and fully understand the needs of our partner. What I offer is an opportunity for couples to learn new ways in which to communicate and as a result develop deeper understanding of yourself, your partner and the relationship itself.
The models I use
I draw on various therapeutic models and techniques depending on the needs of my clients. These include Integrative Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Gesalt, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Emotional Freedom Techniques, Clinical Hypnotherapy.