I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor based in Emsworth with a background in therapeutic social care and expertise in emotional difficulties. I have worked in this field for 35 years.
Prior to working as a psychotherapist and counsellor I was a child care social worker for 15 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 a fostering and adoption framework.
My training as a psychotherapist was integrative and creatively based. Since training as a psychotherapist I have worked in 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 were 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.
Much of my work encompasses exploring the changes and trauma in my client’s lives together with the concomitant difficulties that can arise in the present.
I offer supervision to psychotherapists, counsellors and those working in the mental health field.
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 clinicians such as D Winnicott, J. Bowlby, and C Jung as well as contemporary trauma understanding and the work of Sue Johnson and EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy).
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.