My integrative approach is based on person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and narrative therapies with a focus on attachment theory and mentalisation - I am very happy to talk through these approaches with you.
Emotions are expressed through the body and we can hold past traumas and experiences somatically. So, we may work with body awareness, mindfulness and breathing techniques. Early carer relationships and emotional experiences - plus our environment and genes - all influence the way we relate to others and respond to challenges as adults. Exploring life events and childhood and adult relationships can lead to greater self awareness, acceptance and clarity. Noticing unhelpful thought patterns, shaped by core beliefs and assumptions about others and the world, can help you to find a more balanced viewpoint. You may simply wish to talk through a current issue or life change. You are the expert on you; I will work alongside you - at your pace - to identify your choices and steps towards positive change.
Above all, the therapeutic relationship offers a dedicated time and space to share your innermost thoughts and emotions in confidence.
Professional Membership and Training
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I undertake ongoing professional training. To date, this includes: - working with avoidant attachment patterns; working with anxious attachment; cancer counselling; impact of cancer diagnosis; client assessment; working with trauma; CBT approach to trauma therapy; choices around dying; bereavement and grief; working with self harm; anger; mindfulness tools; imagination and play; cognitive behavioural therapy; existentialism; neuroscience of attachment; attachment and reflective functioning; domestic abuse; impact of childhood sexual abuse and working with shame. Couples training - fundamentals of working with couples; relationship conflict; relationship counselling after an affair; adult attachment patterns in relationships; sex, arousal and ageing in relationships; communication and difference between couples.
Training organisations include Brighton Therapy Partnership, Surrey Counselling Training, SDS Seminars, Basingstoke Counselling, BACP, Interaction Training, Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy, The Grove Practice, International Attachment Network and CIPCA - Counsellors in Primary Care Association. Member of the International Attachment Network which promotes knowledge and research around attachment theory.
I have regular one to one and group supervision to ensure professional and ethical practice and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.