I have a background in Publishing and am also a qualified yoga teacher. I discovered meditation in 1998 and decided to undertake an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy in 2001.
I am deeply committed to my on-going development. I learn from many sources – it is one of the greatest gifts of the profession in that I am always learning.
I am part of a multi-modality professional supervision group, an on-going Michael Eigen study group, a Complex Trauma reading group and am a member of both The Relational School and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. I also have my own on-going therapy.
I am particularly interested in how we think about the ‘collective’ as well as the ‘individual’ experience in psychotherapy. I am interested in bringing social, political and historical contexts into my clinical work. I follow the ‘Radical Dharma’ teachings of Lama Rod Owens.
As well as my work as a psychotherapist, I have a supervision practice both with therapists in private practice and also staff working in the Domestic and Sexual Violence sector. I am an independent supervisor for a number of therapists working in Pakistan. I am on the Teaching Faculty of the Karuna Institute in Bristol – the home of Core Process Training in the UK. All of my work is supervised and I abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics.
I have a keen interest in and commitment to developing awareness in my own life. I bring to my work a deep understanding of the body and how to use this as a tool in exploring what may be happening beneath the level of awareness. I have undertaken on-going learning in the fields of trauma, interpersonal neurobiology, relational psychoanalysis, Gestalt interventions, Focussing, Embodied Relational Therapy and Mindfulness.
I am interested in how what happened in the past gets recreated or enacted in the room between us. It is my understanding that being open to this enables a deeper process to occur. I believe in the importance of the ‘relationship’ in psychotherapy, above and beyond any particular approach or intervention.
I have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy and am an accredited member of United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP), the Relational School of Psychotherapists (TRS) and the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists (IARPP).
I am fully insured and abide by the code of ethics of UKCP
“The shock of ourselves is perennial. We are challenged by our own aliveness and a need to open doors as yet unknown. Developing the capacity to tolerate and work with experience is part of our evolutionary challenge…..struggling with one’s personality remains a life-long task”