I am a Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist who works with young people from the youngest infants through to young adults up to 23 years of age, whose difficulties can range from the less complex through moderate, to severe mental health issues.
In my practice, I seek to meet the particularity of each person and their experience with an open mind and to nurture a safe containing environment in which trust, creativity and effective communication can develop. My approach is non-directive, with no formal structure or agenda. Alongside consistency of setting and the therapeutic relationship that approach can support the expression and exploration of thoughts and feelings which may arise and can be worked through over time. Central to my approach is the therapeutic relationship. I use how I am related to in order to inform understandings of past and present relationships.
Strong thoughts or feelings that remain unacknowledged can become embodied and expressed in indirect unpredictable ways, such as through anxiety, depression or volatile moods and behaviours. Bringing thoughtfully paced awareness to underlying feelings can help make sense of, and support processing and integration of previously unrecognised aspects of personal experience. This can facilitate growth of authenticity, emotional and cognitive functioning, mental wellbeing and more fulfilling ways of living and relating.
I work with: depression, anxiety, attachment difficulties, trauma, bereavement, anger, risk-taking and self-harming behaviours, identity, relational difficulties and suicidal ideation, amongst other presentations. I also offer supervision to other psychotherapists and counsellors.
I am accredited with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), having trained 6 years to become a Psychoanalytic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. My training included 2 years prerequisite studies in Psychoanalytic Infant Observation, which honed my observation skills as part of understanding non-verbal communication and provided in-depth understanding of early infantile states and child development theories.
My experience includes working for 3 years in an adolescent therapeutic inpatient unit and 10 years in NHS CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services), assessing and treating infants, children and young people and working with parents, carers, families and other professionals to support children and young people. Substantial experience as part of a multi-disciplinary team means I am experienced in identifying when alternative or additional interventions to psychotherapy may be appropriate.
Sessions last 50 minutes and usually take place weekly. If required work can take place intensively up to 3 times weekly. Length of treatment varies according to individual need.
Therapeutic content is confidential unless significant concerns about risks to a child or young person’s safety arise. At these times the child will be informed that concerns need to be shared with their parents.
Psychoanalytic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy: MPhil, Tavistock, London
Psychoanalytic Infant Observational Studies: Postgraduate Diploma, Tavistock, London
As a registered member of the ACP I adhere to their code of ethics, a copy of which can be accessed here.