Short-Term and Open-ended Therapy for Individuals
Life can be challenging and there may be times when we find ourselves out of control, struggling to cope and in emotional pain. Therapy can help you to understand your feelings, thoughts and what you are experiencing in a non-judgemental and confidential space. Often behaviours or modes of being that have been useful in the past are no longer serving us well in our current lives. Therapy can be a space to develop awareness into that which is keeping us stuck. Through the re-examination of the roles we may be adopting in relation to ourselves, others and the world, our choices and beliefs, a new perspective and understanding into ourselves and our difficulties can be reached. This new understanding and awareness can increase our sense of freedom, with new choices and possibilities arising, and a sense of clarity in how to move forward and live a more fulfilling life. More than anything I hope to provide a space in a relaxed environment, where you can be truly yourself, without fear of judgement, expectations or demands being put upon you.
I have full clinical membership with UKCP and I am also a BACP accredited existential-phenomenological psychotherapist. I have completed a five year Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and I am now awaiting my final viva on my thesis concerning an assessment from the clients’ perspective of a short-term intervention implemented in primary care. This doctorate is recognised by the accrediting bodies of BPS and HCPC. Consequently, I have trained in psychodynamic approaches, CBT, mindfulness-based approaches, integrative models, and this informs my main mode of practice of existential-phenomenological therapy. I have also had training on human sexuality, ethics, social and cultural factors, couples therapy, family and systemic therapy, leadership training, group therapy training, critical psychopathology and diagnosis, life span and supervision training. I take the view that each client has unique needs and therefore I do not subscribe to one set theory or model and take a personalised and strongly relational approach. Research shows that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor for change and accordingly I put great emphasis on the relational dynamics. It is essential that you find a therapist that you feel comfortable with, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or book an initial consultation, with no obligation to continue.
The majority of my experience has been gained working as a Clinical Lead for an organisation called EASE Wellbeing. This is within primary care in London and Oxfordshire and implements a short-term goal-oriented model for adults with anxiety and depression. I conduct psychological assessments, together with robust risk assessments, client allocations and referrals at two GP practices. I have extensive experience delivering the full intervention and conduct individual supervision with trainees at EASE Wellbeing and have weekly group and individual supervision myself. I am involved in clinician training, developing the therapeutic protocol and new business developments, as well as attending conferences and conducting research.
I have also experienced working in a longer term format within the charity Mind (two years) and with adolescents (12-16 years of age) in secondary schools with the charity Place2Be.
I have experience working with both adults and adolescents in a long and short term format in private practise. I have experience in dealing with the following concerns and areas:
Abuse: Emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse
Addictions: Alcohol, drug addiction, self-harm and eating
Anxiety: Social, intrusive thoughts, obsessive-compulsive
Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The difficulties of managing pain and fatigue, listening to the body, pacing, meaning making and the grieving process involved in having to adopt an alternative lifestyle and shifting identity
Depression: Loss and bereavement, loss of purpose and meaning, lack of motivation and hopelessness, low self-esteem, difficult and suicidal thoughts and feelings
Eating Difficulties: Over and under eating, over exercising and bulimia
Existential: Re-evaluation of past and current choices, identifying roles in relationships and towards self and position in life, responsibility, dealing with uncertainty, loss of identity, ageing and death
Relationships: Relationship breakdown, difficulties in forming relationships, familial relationships and pressures at school with relationships
I work at two addresses:
My London Practice is at: Willen House, 8-26 Bath Street, London EC1V 9DX
My Oxfordshire Practice is at: The Henhouse, Mockbeggars Farm, Blewbury, OX11 9QQ