A qualified psychotherapist and member of UKCP, I have been working in private practice and as a Bereavement Volunteer for Cruse, since 2010. With an original training as a visual artist, I am open to exploring issues and concerns in a variety of ways.
Many things bring us to therapy, but it is particularly helpful when we are trying to navigate life changes, be it the birth of a baby, the end of a relationship, the illness or death of someone close to us, retirement, redundancy, or an increasing sense of our own fragility or mortality. Feelings such as sadness, anger, or the fear of abandonment, first experienced in childhood, can resurface at such times, making the transition harder.
What to expect
For therapy to be effective, it is important to feel a genuine rapport with your therapist; you can imagine divulging the contents of an embarrassing dream, or admitting to negative feelings about yourself and others without feeling judged. You can imagine crying or laughing or just being you, and feeling listened to, and understood.
For this reason, I offer all my clients a free initial consultation – it may be that I am not the right therapist for you, and it may take several visits to different therapists to find out who is.
For short-term therapy, we would be focussing on the issues that brought you, whilst keeping in mind our ending. If it’s longer-term work you are looking for, then we would have more time to explore things in depth. Whether long, or short-term, our work relies on confidentiality and trust, so my confidentiality and our commitment to meet and work together on a regular basis, is vital to a successful outcome.
How I work
Clients usually opt to talk about their issues, but other non-verbal approaches such as drawing and making, can be helpful, especially when working in the area of trauma, as it can help access deeper feelings – ones we find it hard to articulate.
Particular areas of interest
Anxiety, depression, family or relationship issues, pregnancy, low self-esteem, realising creative potential, gastrointestinal problems with no apparent medical cause, fear of mortality and bereavement.
I offer all clients a free initial consultation in which we can discuss what you are looking for, and whether I’m the right person for you. Thereafter I charge £40 per session, with some concessions available.