Why Work With Me
Making the decision to work with a counsellor / psychotherapist can be daunting. After all, at the beginning you are sharing your private thoughts, feelings and beliefs with a stranger.
You might have lots of questions about how it’s supposed to be, what you will talk about, or what happens in the session.
Booking a first session will give you the opportunity to explore any questions or worries you might have about working with me.
I believe that a therapeutic relationship, like any relationship has its own unfolding and a rigid single-approach can’t do justice to the rich colours and shades of each person. My training in Transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy (BACP and UKCP accredited) equips me to work integratively using a number of different psychotherapeutic methods.
I am an integrative psychotherapist – which means that I combine a variety of therapeutic approaches – depending on what I believe will work best. How I work with each client is responsive to the type of person you are, what you’re bringing and the unique relationship that evolves between us.
How I Work
I combine the ethos and practice of Transpersonal, Existential, Person-centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, CBT, CFT (Compassion Focussed Therapy), Mindfulness, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Play Therapy and TA (Transactional Analysis) techniques as well as drawing from Neuroscientific approaches to trauma and anxiety.
A typical session might involve visualisation techniques, bodywork, ’empty chair’ (Gestalt) work, play therapy as well as the more familiar ‘talking’ therapy, depending on what feels right for you. I also use EMDR therapy to help clients work through trauma and distressing events.
Since the late `90s I have worked with people facing difficult circumstances (including family breakdown, trauma, bereavement, chronic and terminal illness such as HIV / AIDS, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, abuse and discrimination, dealing with war and crime, as well as a wide range of relationship, work, and personal difficulties). I have worked in social care, research, development and human rights organisations in the UK and overseas.
I previously worked (as a counsellor and psychotherapist) in education and addiction services, but I now specialise in working with people desiring to make changes and transform their lives. I have had a private practice in Berkshire since 2006.
My training & qualifications include:
– BSc Hons (Psychology and English) – Certificate in Humanistic Counselling – MSc Development Studies – Dipl. Hypnotherapy – Play therapy training – PG Dipl. Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy – EMDR Practioner training (Advanced)
I am a UKCP accredited Registrant, a BACP Member and on the accredited register with the Professional Standards Authority.
I take continuing professional development seriously. Over the years I have trained in many areas of psychotherapy, and continue to integrate further training and new therapeutic developments into the way I work. Examples of training in recent years include:
Energy psychology – Meditation, Mindfulness – Compassion Focussed Therapy – CBT – Couples therapy, Family therapy – Play therapy – Attachment theory – Personality profiling – Body language and micro expressions – Working with the body – CSA (Childhood Sexual abuse) – Neurological trauma – Developmental trauma – Dissociation and DID – Adoption training – Executive functioning disorder – Anger, Parenting – Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – Shame – Betrayal – Sense of self – Obsessions – and Sex addiction.
Who I Work With
I work face to face and on the phone with:
The work I do with clients is not restricted to a particular issue. You don’t come to see me to work for example with an addiction, and look only at being an addict. You are not a label or a symptom, and I don’t work that way. I find that most of the work I do with clients is about strengthening your sense of self, and understanding and giving meaning to your life. However I have worked with people with a variety of diagnoses. To summarise some of these include:
depression and mood disorder (including bipolar) – somatisation disorder – schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders – attachment disorder – adjustment disorder – borderline personality disorder – anxiety disorders (including social anxiety, phobias, and panic disorder) – trauma and stressor related disorder (including PTSD and complex / developmental trauma) – autism -anorexia- bulimia – body dysmorphic disorder – sexual and gender identity disorder – dissociative disorder – Dissociative Identity Disorder – OCD.
I see people with a range of challenges and issues, including but not limited to:
Spirituality – existential crisis / searching for meaning – loneliness and isolation – relationship issues – divorce and separation – affairs – family issues – parenting – social issues – dual heritage and multiculturalism – bullying and discrimination – career related issues – bereavement and loss – infertility – miscarriage – abortion – illness and life-limiting conditions – eating disorders – weight loss – body image – low self-esteem – co-dependency – negative and critical self-talk – self-sabotage – finding a voice – abandonment issues – decision making difficulties – boundary difficulties – shame – issues regarding sexuality – identity issues – impulse control difficulties – trauma – anger – suicide – self-harm – addiction (including drug and alcohol, sexual, internet, relationship and other) – rape – incest – domestic violence.
I work extensively with people who have experienced sexual, physical and emotional trauma and abuse as children.
Whatever your challenges or areas of self-development my main aim is to facilitate your discovery of true / core self with an encompassing awareness of your uniqueness and individuality. Ultimately I see therapy as aiding self-growth rather than treating illness.
If you have further questions about how I work please feel free to ask. To enquire or arrange an initial session please click here.