Becoming a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist has opened me up to the belief that self-knowledge can help to improve many aspects of one’s life and that self-examination can lead to a deeper sense identity, self-acceptance, finding and building upon personal strengths.The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself and I understand now that 'feelings' are what they are and don't need to be avoided or feared.
Needless to say, my approach to therapy is as a result a pragmatic one; essentially I meet my clients where they are emotionally, by working at their pace and focusing and exploring the their whole way of being, looking at the ways which they have learned to relate to themselves and others and how they have learnt to respond to different situations in life. This approach allow me to help my clients develop insight into and become aware of their values, beliefs and limitations and help them connect to and improve their relationship with themselves and others.
The relationship we develop with ourselves over time often sets the tone for the relationship we have with others, as a result my approach to psychotherapy and counselling, is not to treat my clients in the same way a medical doctor treats a patient. Instead, I work with my clients to help them learn more about themselves and create changes in their thought patterns that lead to their desired personal growth by providing a safe space that that is respectful, confidential and non-judgmental in which my clients can explore their feelings freely, and work towards a better understanding of their emotions, thoughts, and ways of relating to other people.
Sessions are at the same time, and on the same day each week. I will normally work with you in an open-ended way or we can agree a set number of sessions, perhaps focusing on one key area.
I am experienced in working with a wide variety of mental health and psychological issues. Your sessions with me are private and confidential. It is a safe place for you to talk and for us to examine your difficulties within a professional therapeutic setting.
My Qualifications and Training:
For therapy to beneficial, both the therapist and client have to be able to work together to build a relationship, therefore choosing the right therapist is essential. It is about finding someone you feel comfortable with, someone you can trust and ultimately work with. Part of building that trust is knowing that therapist has undertaken a thorough and rigorous training, and is appropriately registered with the relevant professional ethical bodies.
I hold the following professional qualifications:
Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF Therapy)
Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF Therapy)
Postgraduate Diploma Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (Roehampton University)
I am registered with the following professional bodies:
Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC)
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
In addition to my private practice I also work as an Honorary Psychotherapist in the NHS, at WPF Therapy and as a counsellor for an employee assistance programme.