Therapy gives you the unusual opportunity to express your private thoughts and feelings spontaneously, uncensored, and without risk or judgement. Within a confidential, therapeutic space, you can explore these parts of yourself truthfully with another. The therapist is there to listen to you, without a personal agenda, and help deepen your insight into your subjective experience. This exceptional form of human contact enables you to understand yourself better – your thoughts, emotions and behaviour – and begin to change.
How I work
A growing body of research into successful therapy has shown that a good relationship between client and therapist is the essential factor. This relationship is at the heart of Relational Transactional Analysis, the discipline in which I am trained. In an atmosphere of safety, clients can explore and confront difficult feelings and experiences and gain the confidence that they will survive them.
At times, I will use our relationship to help you understand other relationships in your life, past and present. Some of our work together will focus on the here-and-now. At other times, we may explore how past experiences affect you in the present. You can expect the sessions to be client-led and collaborative - they may at times be challenging, but you are always in control of what you share.
My experience has taught me that each person’s therapeutic needs differ. I therefore work flexibly and creatively, tailoring my approach to what you need from counselling. I draw upon a variety of disciplines and therapeutic tools: I incorporate elements of body psychotherapy and mindfulness, paying attention to your somatic (physical) experiences, as well as to your thoughts and feelings; I adopt techniques from the creative therapies, such as art or drama therapy, as tools for exploring painful experiences from a safe distance; I am also heavily influenced by the person-centred tradition, which emphasises congruence, non-judgement and empathy as the core conditions of the therapeutic relationship.
I offer weekly or twice-weekly sessions, each session lasting 50 minutes. I am available to see adults for both time-limited and longer-term therapy.
Qualification and professional membership
I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Distinction) from the Metanoia Institute and a Foundation Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. I am therefore committed to my own personal development as a practitioner: I attend regular clinical supervision to support my work and am in my sixth year of an MSc/Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA).