My training is rooted in psychoanalytic ideas, but my practice has developed to integrate other influences including systemic thinking, relational theory and developmental psychology. I am also interested in the use of the arts in therapy.
My starting point would be you as an individual: your unique personality, experience and life story, and the areas of your life for which you are seeking support. I work with whatever you may bring and offer a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space to talk, reflect and explore what you are experiencing and feeling, at a pace that feels comfortable for you.
Talking about experiences and getting in touch with feelings can sometimes be difficult and painful. I take this journey with you, help guide you through its ups and downs, and work with you to try and make sense of what you discover along the way.
Whatever your age or the length of time we work together, the therapeutic relationship will play a central part in the counselling. This relationship is collaborative in nature, allowing the possibility to access more unconscious feelings and develop greater awareness of how you relate to yourself and others. It also provides valuable containment for you during the counselling process.
Sometimes it is hard to express ourselves with words alone. I have a range of media such as paint, clay and various drawing materials available in my practice room that you may opt to use in the course of the counselling.
For work with young children I offer a more creative and play-based approach, providing a free but contained space for them to explore, express and process feelings. While it is usually helpful for parents and carers of young children to be involved in the process to some degree, I will always protect the child’s right to confidentiality. Older children and young people may or may not want their parents’ involvement in the process. This is something that is discussed at the outset with the young person.
I always like to draw up a written contract with clients in the first few sessions. This will provide us with a helpful summary of what we have both agreed about our work together at the outset. It may include a brief summary of what you would like to achieve during the counselling, times of sessions and the agreed fee, the length of time you may like to work together and arrangements regarding holidays. It is often useful to revisit this contract when we review how we feel the counselling is progressing.