I am a qualified psychotherapist with over nine years' experience of working psychodynamically with people facing a wide range of challenges. These include depression, anxiety, low self-worth and esteem, bereavement and loss, as well as struggles with sexuality, identity and belonging. Prior to training as a therapist, I worked as an adult mental health social worker in the NHS (MA Dip SW). My voluntary work as a bereavement counsellor reflects my interest in giving meaning and space to the complex and profound experience of loss. My academic background is in psychology and social psychology (BSc Psychology, MSc Social Psychology).
My approach is informed by trauma perspectives that consider emotional safety a fundamental foundation for healing. The role of early attachment wounds and disturbances can offer compassionate framing of pain and struggle. My training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist is enhanced, I hope, by my own mindfulness and meditation practices.
Part of my training and commitment to my own psychological growth has seen me engaging in personal therapy/ analysis for several years. This has allowed me to experience the anxieties that therapy can evoke but also the profound ways in which deep psychological enquiry can help make sense of one’s emotional world. I believe it has also increased my capacity to tolerate feelings that can seem confusing and overwhelming.
I am a registered member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). I am strongly committed to working to their high standards and professional code of ethics.