I have been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1987 after completing a training in Humanistic Psychotherapy. In 1989 I became accredited with The British Association for Counselling (BAC) and in 2000 I became a Senior Accredited Psychotherapist with The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have also done some analytical training with The British Association for Psychotherapy (BAP) where I was part of the Jungian stream for the training in Individual Psychotherapy with Adults.
My background is in mental health work in Social Services, Psychiatric and Voluntary Sector settings. Alongside this work I have first trained and then practiced Psychotherapy over a number of years. A substantial element of both the Humanistic and Analytic trainings is the requirement that the trainee be in therapy for the duration of study.
I have regular supervision of my case load and work to the BACP Code of Ethics.
My approach is psychodynamic and my orientation is Jungian, which means that I am interested in the relationships between people and their worlds, both inner and outer. I am also interested in how we find meaning in our lives in both a small and a larger sense.
Most of us experience anxiety or depression at some stage in our lives or we need to come to terms with emotional pain or disappointment. Often we can resolve this without outside help. Sometimes, however, the difficulties persist causing unhappiness at home and at work. This may be because current difficulties are stirring up feelings from the past of which we are unaware.
Psychotherapy can help individuals to understand hidden aspects of themselves by talking over a period of time in a reliable setting with a trained and experienced therapist.
The time together with the therapist provides a space for reflection. Whatever is foremost in the individual’s mind is brought to the session – maybe in the form of feelings, thoughts, memories, or dreams. The therapist listens and helps the individual to reach a deeper understanding of themselves, opening the way to change.
As the relationship with the therapist develops along with a sense of trust, the individual discovers new insights and then more appropriate ways of coping with problems and feelings can be found.
Sessions are usually held weekly so as to give as much continuity and support as possible.