Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
I worked for the United Nations as a conference translator, as Head of an export area and as a Business Consultant for the textile industry prior to retraining full time, from 2000, in the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy.My re-training involved working in a Special Needs School for pupils with mild learning disabilities (4-16 year olds, from 2000-01) and as a Learning Support Assistant and Learning Mentor in a London school (13-16 year old girls from 2001-02) where I was asked to focus on behaviour and provide bereavement support.
I also worked for eight years for the Psychological and Pastoral Care Department of the Royal Marsden, Chelsea site (2002-2010). My role as Relatives Support Co-ordinator involved working with partners, parents, children, close friends of cancer patients who had reached the palliative care stage of their illness. I also set up and ran a bereavement service. I trained as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist at The Bowlby Centre (previously known as CAPP) and qualified in 2009.
As with most therapists, I have had to manage and process difficult life events. I bring my life experience together with my personal and professional training, which includes twelve years of personal therapy, to the therapy room.
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
- Cruse bereavement counsellor, 1996
- Certificate in Counselling in Education (Basic clinical and theoretical skills), Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey, 2001
- Post-graduate Diploma in Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, CAPP (Now the Bowlby Centre), 2005-2009
- Working with Families with Physical Illness: a Systemic Approach, The Tavistock Centre (Portman and Tavistock NHS Trust), 2009
- CBT Foundation Training for practising counsellors and psychotherapists, Hemmings Field Associates, 2011
- Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Supervision, Regent’s College, 2012
I attend numerous training and CPD events as well as conferences every year, on the themes of trauma, dissociation, body/mind work, the impact of life limiting illness, depression, working with adolescents, self-harm, suicidality, neuroscience and attachment. I attend regular weekly supervision. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP, Private Practice, University & Colleges and Healthcare Sections) and of the National Counselling Society (MNCS (Accred)). I am also a member of the Bowlby Centre and of the Relational School.
I can work in English, French and Spanish.
Attachment theory is my main theoretical framework. I first came across John Bowlby’s writing when I trained with Cruse Bereavement Care in 1996. His work and understanding of the human mind made complete sense to me. Bowlby’s Attachment Theory postulates that all primates have an ‘attachment’ system which is part of their survival mechanism (it makes, for example, a parent respond to the cry of his/her child or a child seek out the parent in a strange situation).
This “wired in” attachment system reacts with the environment we are born into. It is also affected by our temperament. This means we all learn different things, unconsciously, from our early attachments and will develop different strategies for attaching to others. This may affect the quality of our personal relationships, and our ability to function effectively at work. A confidential and safe space in therapy allows the exploration of your attachment patterns to help you understand why you are the way you are, and facilitate your moving away from those patterns which are unhelpful. John Bowlby and other researchers after him also demonstrated the importance of the mourning of losses (big and small) over a life time and the devastating impact unresolved grief can have on the human psyche.
A subject’s ability to mourn will determine his/her ability to acknowledge the loss, mourn the loss, adjust and recover over time so as to “live with the loss”. “Loss” is a wide ranging term which can mean the loss of someone close to you but also shattered dreams, the loss of a job, of what could have been or the difficulty to adapt to different stages of life in the life cycle. John Bowlby’s Attachment theory has since been developed worldwide by clinicians and academics in the field of neuroscience, psychoanalysis, child care, education, training and development in the workplace and criminology to understand how human beings function (or not) together.
Through my own personal and professional development, I have added a number of other tools which, in my view, can complement this approach such as CBT and systemic work. I believe the psychoanalytic component is a crucial non verbal aspect of the therapeutic work. My work is informed by modern relational psychoanalysis which seeks to acknowledge that the fears and fantasies experienced by the client are grounded in the real history of their early relationships. An essential part of the therapeutic work is that the therapist is capable of engaging the client in collaborative work that is compassionate, as well as being boundaried and rigorous. I consider myself today to be a relational integrative psychotherapist informed by psychoanalysis and attachment.
Fifteen years work in open ended once weekly long term psychodynamic counselling.
Ten years work in twice and three times weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Three years work in time limited (one year) psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Qualifications and Training
Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy FPC.
Training Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
Jungian Analyst, psychodynamic psychotherapist
As a Jungian Analyst I believe each of us has an an inner healer that can guide us towards a deeper, more emotionally fulfilling relationship with ourselves, others and the world around us – if we are open to it. Inner work is tough work, but within the problem you are facing, no matter how bad, is an opportunity to grow.
I am an IAAP accredited Jungian Analyst and a member of the AJA. I have an MA in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (Roehampton) and an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF). I also have a Certificate in Supervision (SAP).
I am engaged in ongoing research and writing. I participate in peer support programmes and ongoing professional development to ensure that my practice in central London affords the best informed care.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist, Counsellor
I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, working with adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds who are experiencing a variety of issues.
I know that to explore difficult feelings and worries, it is important to have a safe and secure place to allow thoughts and feelings to arise in their own time, and in a non-judgmental and confidential relationship. Sometimes your concerns can benefit from a short-term approach, but difficulties which are rooted in past experiences or childhood may take more time to be made sense of.
People who come to see me have experienced a range of issues in life, which may be helped by exploring feelings and thoughts. These include relationship difficulties (both heterosexual and LGBT+) either at home or at work, feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression, post-natal depression, low self confidence and self esteem, difficulty communicating feelings and emotions, childhood trauma, Disability, unexplained health symptoms, suicidal feelings, addiction, abuse, self-harm, eating disorders , bereavement and loss,or coming to terms with life changing events such as being or becoming a parent, separation or divorce, becoming a carer, redundancy and retirement. I also work with Boarding School survivors.
I offer both short term counselling and long term psychotherapy .
I have worked in the voluntary sector, in private practice, in a secondary school and in NHS (in a psychotherapy unit and for GPs).
To make an initial appointment, you can telephone 07914394814, although you may be put through to voicemail. Your voicemail message is confidential and I will respond as soon as possible.
I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.
I am a qualified, registered and experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist practicing in the City of London. I can provide a safe space for you to talk without criticism, judgement or blame.I work from a psychodynamic approach which recognises that present difficulties, such as depression, anxiety or relationship problems, can be linked to earlier experiences. Understanding the underlying nature of your difficulties can help to alleviate suffering.
To explore if psychotherapy is for you, the first step is a short phone conversation during which you can tell me a little about your situation and raise any questions you have. Either call me directly on 07583 207 521 or follow a link on this page to send me an email with your phone number and a convenient time I can call you. If you feel you would like to explore psychotherapy / counselling further we will then arrange a meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience in working with a broad range of issues including, anxiety, stress, bereavement, anger, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and phobias. I have an Postgraduate Diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, which is one of the leading training institutions in the country. I have also worked for the NHS as an honorary psychotherapist at Barts hospital.
I am a registered professional member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC). I follow their professional codes of ethics, and complaints and grievance procedures. I participate in peer support programmes and I am currently doing an honorary qualification in assessment at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.