I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor based in Emsworth with a background in therapeutic social care and expertise in emotional difficulties.
My training as a psychotherapist was integrative and creatively based. Since training as a psychotherapist I have worked within several different Further Education and Higher Education establishments offering counselling and psychotherapy to students and staff. When working with Macmillan I offered counselling and therapy to individuals and couples who are experiencing and living with cancer in their lives. I was a personal tutor and part of the training team at a local BACP accredited psychodynamic training.
I established my private practice eight years ago. Much of my work encompasses exploring with clients changes and trauma in their lives together with the concomitant difficulties that can arise at these times.
I offer supervision to psychotherapists, counsellors and those working in the mental health field.
Prior to working as a psychotherapist and counsellor I was a child care social worker for 20 years working both independently and within the statutory sector. I worked extensively with children, young people and families, particularly those who had experienced abuse and trauma. Much of my work took place within the fostering and adoption framework.
I work as a psychotherapist and counsellor. My psychotherapy training was integrative, creative, and comes from a humanistic approach. This means I hold a core belief that we have the capacity to heal ourselves, whatever that may mean for us, and therapy is one of the ways that can facilitate this process. I draw on the frameworks of psychodynamic, gestalt and transactional analysis thinking and the work of classical clinicians such as D Winnicott, J. Bowlby, and C Jung as well as contemporary trauma understanding.
My role, as a therapist, is to offer an opportunity to discuss, explore and facilitate a dialogue that offers an opportunity for understanding, change and healing. Sometimes words can feel inadequate and using creative materials and resources can usefully inform the therapeutic work. This can provide an alternative way of communicating and expression. Sometimes it can be useful to give consideration to the links between the mind and the body, and sometimes it can be useful to explore difficulties in a more abstract way perhaps using images and metaphor.
The field of therapy and counselling is growing and expanding alongside neuroscientific developments. We have a greater understanding of the usefulness of ‘Talking Therapies’ and a greater awareness of how therapy and counselling can usefully contribute to the process of attending to the difficulties and issues which present to us in our everyday lives.
I am experienced in helping adults and young adults (17 plus) who are experiencing difficulties such as:
Change and disruptions to the developmental and maturational process
Identity, gender and sexuality
Mental health issues
The qualities I bring to my work are sensitivity, empathy, openness, directness and creativity. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and non-discriminatory environment.