Therapy is a wonderful way to get to know ourselves better, but it can also help us lay past ghosts to rest, and to develop emotional resilience, where we no long react in one (or more) default unhelpful and possibly sabotaging ways. As a result, we feel less overwhelmed by the things life can throw at us, enabling the possibility that life becomes richer and more fulfilling.
What kind of default ways of responding am I talking about? Perhaps you fly off the handle with others (or yourself) when things go wrong, resort to self-harm of any number of forms (for instance, cutting, disordered eating, alcohol or drug binges, or suicide attempts). You might push people you love and care about away, or cling to them as if your life depended on it. Or you might feel generally overwhelmed by emotions, perhaps to the point that you cut off from the world around you (via daydreaming, losing chunks of time, or doing things you can’t remember doing).
As an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist I work with clients to understand how their past might be impacting on their present, including how patterns of dysfunctional relating get repeated over and over again. Therapy is a place to gain an understanding of why we repeat such patterns, even when we truly do not want to repeat them.
In attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the working relationship between therapist and client is key to this work – put simply, what it feels like to be in the room together. People can have a multitude of different feelings about this type of work – anticipation, interest, eagerness and excitement, or more scary feelings such as confusion, unease or apprehension, anxiety or fear (which might even feel strong enough to be labelled as terror). Whatever feelings you bring, I am keen to walk beside you as we embark on a journey together to identify, understand and work through whatever is holding you back from living a life that more closely matches your hopes and dreams.
I trained at the Bowlby Centre, to become an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
I have been working as a psychotherapist in private practice since December 2008. However, I have over 20 years’ experience working with people suffering from various physical and mental health problems in my previous work as a dietitian (see Past Experience for more information)
I am registered with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy – http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/).
I am also in the process of becoming a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – www.bacp.co.uk).
I abide by both the UKCP and BACP’s Code of Ethics and complaints procedures. These codes cover confidentiality, supervision, continued professional development, and so on. This makes my work transparent and accountable.
I am a member of The Relational School
From £60 for a 50 minute session.
I am committed to making therapy available to people who might not be able to afford the standard fee for private psychotherapy. I therefore have a small number of spaces available for such work. Please let me know when you contact me if this is something you might be interested in.
I require three weeks notice of holidays, otherwise sessions are charged at the usual rate.
Individuals over the age of 18.
Wednesdays, between 11.15am and 2.15pm.
Via Skype, telephone, email:
Initially I feel it is important to develop a relationship via face-to-face sessions. However, once the relationship feels established I am happy to offer sessions via Skype, telephone or email. I feel it is important to have regular sessions, so would rather have contact in one of these forms than a gap in treatment.
Psychotherapy and counselling, time-limited or on-going input, short term or long term contracts, training. I also offer a time-limited combined behavioural and psychodynamic treatment programme for the treatment of eating disorders (principally bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder type problems).
Prior to training as a psychotherapist I was a HCPC-registered dietitian for over 20 years. Although over this time I worked with a wide range of specialties, in the last 15 years I primarily worked with people with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. I co-wrote two books on recovering from eating disorders, one written for professionals and one as a self-help book. The treatment of eating disorders/disordered eating remains an interest for me in my work as a psychotherapist.