Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul‘s weather to all that can read it.
I have worked in private practice as a relational psychotherapist for over 20 years. I use an integrative approach drawing on humanistic, psychodynamic and body-centred therapies. I am also influenced by ideas from Buddhism and Non-Duality. I have worked for the NHS as an addictions counsellor and taught on several counselling trainings. I have run counselling/interpersonal skills trainings and group supervision for organisations in the voluntary and private sectors.
My qualifications and trainings include:
Masters Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (BCPC/ Middlesex University)
Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPE)
Advanced Diploma in Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT)
Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild)
Group Facilitation Skills (ERT)
I offer the following types of therapy. A free initial 30 minute consultation is available if you would like to discuss having personal therapy and for us to see if I am the right therapist for you.
This involves an in-depth exploration of the unconscious patterns which underlie the difficulties people are experiencing in relationship with themselves and others. Many of our beliefs, reactions and defences are outdated strategies from childhood that are now creating more difficulties than they solve and restrict the full expression of who we are. They operate out of our conscious awareness and so are difficult to get hold of. By exploring the patterns that keep turning up in our life situations and relationships, including the relationship between the client and therapist, we can identify these defences and learn to meet them with increased awareness, understanding and self-compassion. New, more authentic and nourishing ways of relating to ourselves and others can then evolve. Psychotherapy tends to take place weekly and is most effective when there is a longer term commitment over months or years.
This approach emphasises working with the body, as well as relationally (see above), as an invaluable part of the therapeutic process. Traditional talking therapies can focus exclusively on the emotional and cognitive aspects of clients' lives and leave the somatic experience out of the room. This approach takes account of the wholeness of our experience, that we have a mind and a body, and are relational and embodied beings. It encourages an exploration of body-based experiences such as breath, movement, sensations, gestures and bodily symptoms. This way of working can be valuable for anyone who wants to experience more vitality, well being and connectedness with themselves. It can be particularly helpful to people who feel estranged from their bodies or who experience persistent bodily symptoms.
My approach to working with trauma combines traditional talking therapy with specific techniques from Somatic Trauma Therapy developed by trauma specialist Babette Rothschild. This emphasises the importance of body awareness in the treatment of trauma and the need to pace the processing of traumatic experiences very carefully to avoid retraumatisation. Recovering from traumatic experiences often requires talking about what has happened but it is now increasingly understood that it also needs to be worked with somatically. Our bodies need to process stressful and traumatic events, as well as our minds, and this can happen through simple body awareness and also breath and movement.
This way of working can help people affected by:
a single traumatic incident e.g. an accident
developmental complex trauma e.g childhood abuse
people who may have developed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I provide an opportunity for a couple to explore their problems in a supportive and safe atmosphere that facilitates mutual understanding and the development of their relationship. I find a two-fold approach tends to work best; supporting the couple to explore and understand the underlying dynamics of their relationship which are often being driven by their childhood experiences as well as coaching them to improve their communication skills. These include how to listen empathically to eachother, making requests rather than complaints, and conflict resolution techniques. The former works on a more psychological level and helps couples gain insight and understanding into each others internal worlds, whereas the focus on communication skills works on a behavioural level and helps them change what they say and do.