We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

T.S.Eliot: Four Quartets 

 

ABOUT ME

As you find yourself here then I suspect you’ve had enough of trying to work things out for yourself or perhaps feel that there is no one you can turn to who understands.  Even surrounded by family and friends we can feel sad, lonely and isolated and yet from the moment we are born, we depend upon another person to notice and make sense of our feelings.  Our way to independence and self-awareness begins by relating with another. And throughout life, particularly in times of difficulty, we may need to bounce off someone else in order to work out how we feel, what might be going on, sometimes even to work out who we are. This is when the therapeutic relationship can help.

​I am a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor, experienced in working with anxiety (including OCD), depression, loss, loneliness, trauma, abuse and pain; and with issues surrounding identity and relationships.   I offer open-ended psychotherapy for adults and will work attentively, analytically and intuitively to enable you to find your own way to a greater understanding of yourself and of how better to cope with whatever is troubling you. 

I follow a psychodynamic approach, which seeks to make sense of the ways in which our earliest experiences in relationship shape the way we relate to ourselves and to other people throughout our lives.  So together we can explore what’s going on for you now whilst also thinking about what has happened in the past and how early experiences and ways of relating may be unconsciously affecting how you feel, think and act today.  

 

Whether you are feeling anxious or depressed, have suffered loss or trauma, are struggling in a relationship or are finding life tough for whatever reason, I will meet you in your experience of difficulty and help you to work with it and through it. Within the safety of the therapeutic space, you have the potential to find your way to a truer, more integrated sense of yourself and from there to make choices based on what feels right for you, no matter what constraints life may have placed upon you. 

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TRAINING 

I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC membership number: 25705) and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP membership number: 374709)

 

I trained with Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy, gaining a BPC-accredited qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.    
 
My initial training was with the Iron Mill College in Poole, where I qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (accredited by the BACP).  My Bachelors Degree is in English Literature.

 

Having worked for some years within a counselling service, also with students at Southampton Solent University,  I now work in private practice in a quiet, leafy part of Lymington.

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Areas of counselling 

  •  Abuse

  •  Anxiety

  •  Attachment disorder

  •  Bereavement

  •  Body dysmorphic disorder

  •  Bullying

  •  Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

  •  Depression

  •  Eating Disorders

  •  Hoarding

  •  Identity

  •  Loneliness

  •  Low self-confidence

  •  Low self-esteem

  •  Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  •  Personality disorders

  •  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  •  Psychogenic disease and disorders

  • Psychosis

  • Psychosomatic disorders

  •  Relationship problems

  •  Self-harm

  •  Sex problems

  •  Sexuality

  •  Stress

  •  Suicidal thoughts

  •  Trauma

  •  Work-related stress

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