- a lack of confidence and difficulty making decisions,
- relationships that don’t feel fulfilling,
- worries about sex and sexuality,
- the effects of the menopause,
- concerns about health, food and alcohol,
- a search for meaning and the purpose of life,
- feeling overwhelmed or feeling empty,
- struggling with depression, anxiety or panic attacks,
- bullying or stress at work or losing your job,
- problems studying or performing,
- early abusive experiences,
- the death of a loved one,
- ageing, illness and death,
- feeling suicidal, hopeless and not wanting to carry on living.
A crisis in a couple’s relationship can bring people to therapy. One of you may want to end the relationship, one of you may feel betrayed. In a long-term relationship, the early passion and romance may have gone and you might wonder what you have together and what the future might bring. You might feel your partner has changed or that you are no longer right for each other. You may just want to explore the possibility of a more fulfilling partnership.
Whatever the reason, research indicates that the relationship between the client or clients and the therapist is most the important element for good therapeutic work to happen. I believe that each of us has a unique history. With this in mind, I aim to welcome each client as an individual and each couple as distinctive in their own way so that we can find a way of working together that feels safe and supportive for you.
Current emotional difficulties and patterns of unhelpful behaviour can be related to deeply held feelings from early memories and experiences, sometimes trauma.
Gently exploring these can help bring the past into consciousness and the reasons for some of our more unhelpful ways of thinking can become clear. You might be fearful of making this journey, but reflecting on these discoveries with compassion can help to unravel and reduce their distressing impact on daily living and help us deal with life events.
As human beings, we are always in our bodies. For example, depression and anxiety have physical symptoms, such as waking early and not being able to get back to sleep, or feeling nauseous and your heart beating too fast. Paying attention to what is happening in our bodies can help bring unconscious thoughts and feelings into awareness, in therapy we can explore these free from critical judgment and a sense of shame.
I have considerable experience working with people experiencing serious long-term chronic mental health problems and well as those who find themselves in crisis or experiencing feelings of fear, sadness, loneliness, anger, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. My clinical work is informed by person-centred, psychodynamic and existential approaches.
My background in education, personal development and the arts means I am well versed in the difficulties and frustrations of working in the creative arts and academia, as well as the strategies people use to sabotage their own creative expression and personal fulfilment.
I am a registered UKCP psychotherapist. I practice according to their ethical guidelines and their continuing professional development requirements.
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