I trained at the Gestalt Centre, London and qualified as a psychotherapist in 2002.
My initial training was in Person Centred counselling and I have worked in a variety of education and health service settings. For several years, I was a counsellor and group-worker in an adolescent psychodynamic secure unit.
Since qualifying as a psychotherapist I have worked with adult clients in private practice.
From 2003 to 2014 I was a supervisor and tutor on the Gestalt Centre counselling course. I am now a visiting tutor for the counselling course and an assessor for the Gestalt Centre’s psychotherapy training programme.
As part of my own personal and professional development I have been in both Gestalt and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I have professional indemnity insurance and my work is supervised on a fortnightly basis.
I focus on raising awareness of emotional experience in the here and now of the therapeutic relationship and how this relates to the unfinished business from the past and fears about the future that contribute to self-defeating patterns of behaviour in the present. I balance empathy with challenge in helping clients to gain new perspectives on the way they construct their emotional reality. My work is an integration of my training in Gestalt Therapy with my experience of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and take place at a frequency of one or two per week.
We would first meet for an initial consultation. The aim of the consultation is to gain an understanding of your problems so that the most appropriate help can be offered. It involves taking a personal history and an exploration of your reasons for seeking help. The consultation itself can be useful in helping you to find a direction. There is a fee for the consultation.