Integrative counsellor (Humanistic, Psychodynamic)
I offer a gentle, non-judgemental space in which to reflect on and explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. My integrative, relational approach means we can work together to understand your needs and tailor the support to your personal requirements and experiences. This may involve looking at your past and how it is still impacting your present, such as in your relationships or any unhelpful behaviours, and may include cognitive and behavioural techniques if agreed this may be useful.
I am particularly experienced in working with eating disorders, addiction and compulsive behaviours, and bereavement..
Please call or email me to set up an initial session where we’ll talk about what you hope to get from counselling and how it could work; if we decide to continue we would then arrange to meet weekly, ideally at a regular time.
I qualified with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (humanist and psychodynamic) from the Mary Ward Centre. I also recently completed a Diploma in Core Process Psychotherapy Relational Mindfulness, and a Certificate in DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical guidelines.
I am an experienced BACP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor, working with personal issues such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety and bereavement. I am an AXA PPP Healthcare registered practitioner.
I see self-awareness as a key factor in gaining psychological health. I offer a non-judgemental space where we will work together, pausing and reflecting to discover and understand more deeply your historical patterns, and how they might be influencing your everyday life.
My approach is flexible, integrating psychodynamic thinking with the humanistic philosophy of transactional analysis. Gaining new perspectives on your difficulties will allow you to begin to express more fully your thoughts and emotions, which may have been suppressed for a long time.
During our first session we will discuss what has brought you into counselling and what your expectations are. I will talk to you about how I work and together we can decide if the relationship is suitable. In my experience the relationship between client and counsellor is key to building an environment of trust for us to be able to explore the difficulties you are experiencing.
Prior to training in counselling and psychotherapy I spent 25 years working in investment banking. I have a particular interest in exploring difficulties in maintaining a healthy work / life balance and how this can impact our relationships.