Life can be tangled and confusing.
This can be painful and difficult to deal with alone.
Psychotherapy like counselling is something that we can turn to when we are looking for change.
I am an experienced UKCP accredited psychotherapist and my work is informed by many strands of psychotherapy. I place the therapeutic relationship at the centre of my work and I offer a partnership model for working together in therapy rather than an ‘expert’ or ‘treatment’ model. I am interested in the social determinants of our psychological distress and the wider legacies of our collective experience.
People come to psychotherapy or counselling for all kinds of reasons. Some of these include:
- Relationship problems
- Resolving childhood trauma
- Work difficulties
- General stress
- Feeling out of touch with a deeper meaning in our lives
- Feeling angry but not knowing what to do about it
Often, without our awareness, our past intrudes upon our present experience. As children, we learn to adapt to our environment but then the things that we did in response to these early experiences can become ‘who we are’ and our life story becomes written for us, not by us. Tending to our suffering and allowing a radical acceptance of our experience in the here and now enables something new to emerge.
Feelings and reactions are material to work with – the invitation is to make contact with what you are experiencing both between us and within you. My intention is to meet whatever arises with curiosity, presence and care.
As well as being a way to help us heal the pain and difficulty in our lives, psychotherapy aims to help us live our lives more fully, give us more freedom to choose how we relate to others and help us connect with what is true and authentic for us. When we are not caught up in our unconscious patterns, we have greater choice and flexibility in how we engage in life.
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy – a contemplative, mindfulness-based approach and have also undertaken a number of additional modular trainings to inform my work. I have many years experience of working with the body and bring to my work as a psychotherapist a very inclusive approach; embodied awareness is an integral part of exploring what is happening in the here and now.
My work is integrative and is informed by my experiences of Buddhist-based practices, The Diamond Approach of AH Almaas, Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and my commitment to continual professional development and many years of working with clients.
I offer psychotherapy and supervision in private practice and in organisations and am also a tutor at the Karuna Institute in Bristol teaching Core Process Psychotherapy.
My practice is based in Brighton and Hove, UK and I also offer online sessions.
“We’re all born into the second act of a tragedy – in – progress then spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out what went wrong in the first act”
Canadian writer Sylvia Fraser