I am an accredited psychotherapist working with both individuals and couples. I work in an integrative way, which means I am trained in a number of therapeutic approaches which I draw upon to find the most appropriate way to work with you as an individual.
You may want to address a specific issue such as anxiety, relationship difficulties or a sudden life event. Or it may be a vague, nagging sense that something feels wrong. Most of us hold parts of ourselves which feel troubling, elusive and sometimes deeply painful. By working together in therapy we can gently explore those obscured parts, to help us better understand the obstacles that may be holding us back and find healthier ways of living and relating. Sometimes there are worries about what might be stirred up by beginning therapy, but most often it is the fear of the feelings that is scarier than the feelings themselves.
My intergrative method incorporates psychodynamic, humanistic, existential, body psychotherapy, attachment theory and contemporary relational psychotherapy models. I have an MA in Integrative psychotherapy and counselling and a certificate in relational couples therapy, and I am accredited by the UKCP, abiding by their code of ethics in practice.
I have previously worked in the NHS and as a therapist at a drama school. Currently I work in private practice and with the Trauma Foundation in Bristol. I have worked with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, burn-out, sexual abuse, low self-esteem, identity issues, self harm and eating issues. I am a Director of the group practice The Thought House Partnership.
Before training I co-founded a production company specialising in multi-artist benefit concerts. I went on to manage projects at a global maternal health advocacy organisation. In 2010 I decided to train as a psychotherapist. I have always felt drawn to exploring what is happening beneath the surface. In therapy, the usual social rules don't apply. It is non-judgmental, supportive and honest. As part of my training I undertook therapy myself, so I understand what it is like to be in the other chair. Starting the process can be daunting, but the experience of getting to know the subtle workings of your inner world can be transformative.
I am particularly interested in seeing emotional and psychological problems in the context of the body and mind as a whole system and I am currently undertaking a piece of research exploring different impacts of yoga from a psychotherapeutic perspective.
Therapeutic theory is ever developing and I am committed to increasing my knowledge and absorbing new ways of working by keeping up to date with the latest research.