The decision to enquire about psychotherapy often comes after a long struggle with pain, frustration and attempts to hold things together. This struggle isn’t our fault but finding healing and integration is a choice we can make to change our lives. As a psychotherapist, I take great joy in seeing life affirming changes in the lives of my clients. Psychotherapy and counselling are incredible gifts for bringing about personal and societal transformation.
I am an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work both within the NHS and private practice. My career began as a specialist mental health and family focused social worker which I did for 25 years. I then trained as an integrative counsellor and later as a Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) psychotherapist. I have undertaken post graduate training in trauma therapy.
I am dedicated to compassionately helping people to work through problems and challenges with well developed psychotherapeutic interventions. My psychotherapeutic approaches include integrative, compassion focused, attachment-based and trauma focused therapies. I have trained in systemic interventions for working with couples and individuals.
If you are struggling with the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, shame and self-criticism, imposter-syndrome, loss and bereavement, a serious health diagnosis, chronic health issues, couples and relationship issues, issues related to LGBTQ+ identity, or need help with finding direction, increased resilience or starting over again, I am happy to work with you to establish goals and a therapeutic plan to meet your needs.
I am particularly aware that men can struggle to identify when they need emotional support and help, and often experience psychological struggle because acknowledging that they are vulnerable can bring feelings of shame. I would like to say to men who may feel this not to be afraid to ask for support. It is a strength to ask, not a weakness.