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 BPC-registered psychotherapist with an understanding of emotional development and experience 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. 

The process of therapy allows time and space to explore our current difficulties in light of what has happened to us over the course of our whole life.  As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I will explore with you what is going on for you now whilst also looking at what has happened in the past and how early experiences and unconscious patterns of relating might be affecting the way you live your life 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 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 Psychoanalytical Council (BPC membership number: 25705) and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP membership number: 374709)

 

I trained initially at The Iron Mill College in Poole, qualifying with an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling accredited by the BACP and a BACP-accredited Certificate in Counselling. My Bachelors Degree is in English Literature.

 

I have, through my practice, further training (including regular CPD) and personal therapy, come to embrace a predominantly psychodynamic approach which seeks to make sense of the ways in which relationships and experiences throughout our lives affect how we think, feel and act today.

To this end, I have undertaken an advanced training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy (accredited by the BPC and the BACP).

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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

  •  Psychosomatic disease  and disorders

  •  Relationship problems

  •  Self-harm

  •  Sex problems

  •  Sexuality

  •  Stress

  •  Suicidal thoughts

  •  Trauma

  •  Work-related stress