I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with more than 15 years experience in psychotherapy and mental health. I have worked with and welcome a diverse client group and aim in my practice to establish a non judgemental and safe environment in which exploration can happen.
I also work as a trainer and have been training psychotherapists for 8 years. My current teaching post is on the MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt centre London. My private practice includes working with individuals, couples and groups and I also offer supervision.
I have an arts background as well as experience in mental health services and for many years I worked in and managed a Mind/NHS therapy service. People who accessed this service came with many different mental and emotional health concerns including (and this list is not exhaustive) depression, trauma, loss, identity, anxiety (including work ,performance and social anxiety), insomnia, eating disorders, mental illness, anger management and relationship issues.
In my clinical experience, the many possible symptoms of distress including those above can be effectively made sense of within a therapeutic relationship. I have witnessed the people I work with moving toward a sense of belonging in their own lives, a greater sense of being at home as well as an experience of autonomy and support. Sometimes beginning to work through and understand the difficult events of the past leads to greater understanding about current life situations and struggles. And in turn this can enable greater awareness of choices made in the present.
My psychotherapy training was in Gestalt therapy which is holistic and integrative and is an approach that originally developed from psychoanalysis. In Gestalt therapy there is an emphasis on meeting you where you are now and through a mixture of support and challenge facilitating a process of self discovery and growth. There is also an understanding in Gestalt therapy that mind and body are not separate and that much can be gained from investigating the felt experience of the body. Although working in this way is not the only option for a Gestalt therapist, sometimes emotions and past traumas can be held out of awareness in the body and by exploring this, emotional, psychological and physical blocks may become less fixed.
If you would like to find out more about working with me I suggest an initial consultation. Starting therapy can sometimes feel a bit daunting so this initial meeting can support you to find out a bit more about me and the process before you decide if it is the right step for you at the current time
My practice is based in Lewes, Brighton and London. I am registered with the UKCP and work in line with their Code of Ethics.
My academic and professional qualifications are as follows;
- BA hons, Fine Art, Trent Polytechnic
- Post Graduate Diploma, Gestalt Psychotherapy, The Gestalt Centre London
- MA, Gestalt Individual and Group Psychotherapy, The Gestalt Centre London