Gestalt Psychotherapist, Counsellor. Specialties: Trauma; Loss, Bereavement & Palliative Care; Life Stages, Employment Difficulties; Creative Process & Expression. Coaching: Personal Development; Career & Workplace; Transformational; Health & Wellness
A few words about myself
I hold a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a post-graduate diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I trained at the Metanoia Institute, a leading centre for psychotherapy training in the UK. I am a registered psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP); and am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Although I now only work in private practice, I worked for several years at a private counselling agency and at Community Housing and Therapy. This is a therapeutic community supporting people who live with severe and enduring mental health conditions including personality disorders, mood disorders and psychosis.
My interest in understanding how people live and make sense of their lives led me to study psychology and psychotherapy. This involved looking in depth at understanding the human condition from various view points. I practise from a relational-existential stance and also draw upon somatic and sensorimotor therapy principles in my approach to working with mental health and the impact of trauma. This means that I work from a fully holistic and integrated stance taking account of the whole person - body, mind and soul. I work by exploring your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour helping you gain clarity around your experience. I believe our bodies hold messages that when listened to can begin to loosen old patterns offering the opportunity for updating in the present day.
Initially I trained as a Medical Speech and Language Therapist and have worked for many years with adults in various NHS settings and private hospitals with expertise in acute and intensive care medicine, mental health and rehabilitation with clients aged 18 and older.
I work one to one with adults on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
I am likely to be of help if you are currently experiencing difficulties with:
- Anxiety and stress
- Feelings and how to express them
- Loss and bereavement
- Emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse
- Sexuality and identity issues
- Personal and work relationships
- Career satisfaction
- Health-related difficulties or chronic illness
- Creative process and expression
- Feeling stuck
- Self image
- Childhood history
- Life stages and transitions
- Gaining a better understanding of yourself
- Discovering a sense of meaning and purpose
- Reviewing your lifestyle to improve the general quality of your life
I also offer coaching in:
- Personal Development
- Career and Workplace
- Health and Wellness
For much more information about psychotherapy, myself and how I work, please do visit my website. There you can contact me via email or alternatively I can be contacted by phone.