All of us will at some point encounter difficulties in our lives. Sometimes these difficulties are overcome on our own. Often, however, we require some help. Whether you are feeling depressed, struggling with anxiety, loneliness, relationship issues, or just need a space to work things out, I am here to help you find your own way through whatever is troubling you, with creativity and compassion.
I provide a confidential, reliable, and structured space, where you lead the work and are given the freedom to discover your unknown self. Using a psychodynamic model of counselling and psychotherapy, I work with each individual according to their needs to effect lasting and meaningful change.
I have a wide range of experience working with people from all backgrounds, ages, and situations. I have worked as a psychotherapist for private companies, charities, and as a counsellor within the NHS. I hold an MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytics, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and the UPCA (Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association).
The way I work is based upon open, totally non-judgemental conversations, wherein I listen carefully to identify unconscious processes which are having a negative effect on the feelings and behaviour of the client. It is based in psychoanalysis, the original and oldest form of psychological therapy, with a long history of development and research.
My work is informed by a high degree of emotional sensitivity and dynamic analysis of the therapeutic relationship. The client is free to talk about whatever they feel relevant, and may explore any aspect of their emotional life within a safe, professional, and highly personal environment.
The aim of psychodynamic therapy is not to provide techniques or advice, but to support the client in developing a capacity to create their own solutions. I do not aim to solve problems, but to provide increased meaning, which carefully leads the client towards a process of spiritual and emotional growth.
This approach is often more challenging than other forms of therapy, and may take longer too. It tends to work best with clients who have already tried CBT but have not found it very helpful, preferring instead to do more introspective, substantive, and profound work within themselves.
The benefit of the psychodynamic approach is that because it does not rely on prescriptive techniques each client will develop truly unique insights that often lead to long-lasting change.
I work comfortably with most client presentations with individual adults. In particular, I have extensive experience working with the following issues:
Feel free to contact me for an initial chat and assessment, where you can ask me any questions you may have.