I am a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I qualified at Birkbeck college in 2004 after many years of related experience. I have worked with a wide range of issues which are listed below.
Philosophy / approach
Psycho-dynamic, Attachment and Systemic theories form much of the backdrop to my approach.
In a nutshell, I believe there are many factors which influence who we become; starting with the interplay between the characteristics we are born with and our early life experience of close relationships within the broader context of culture and religion. This has a continuing, though not always conscious, influence on our everyday lives and affects the way we relate to others, and our ability to form lasting and positive relationships.
We are often drawn to people who are familiar and/ or compensate for aspects in ourselves. Those closest to us will have a continuing influence. When our choices have been good we flourish or they can confirm our worst fears reinforcing destructive patterns of relating. I am very interested in helping people think about their relationships with an aim to help you break out of old destructive patterns.
Areas of speciality:
Anxiety and Stress
Low self esteem and self confidence
Child related issues
Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
I have had particular expertise in working with loss, bereavement, disability and chronic illness, giving me a good understanding of change generally.
I have also been fortunate to have worked with a many people: female and male, gay and straight, young and elderly, from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
My particular style of working has developed with my own experience of what has been most effective in helping people achieve positive change. I am not dogmatic about my approach and will alter my approach to suit each individuals needs.