'In order to do what you want, you have to know what you're doing.' M. Feldenkreis
Training and Experience
I did my initial training in integrative counselling and psychotherapy at CPPD and have subsequently done further training in working with anxiety and attachment trauma. I have also been a contributor to The School of Life's films and psychological toolkits.
Prior to training as a therapist, I did a first degree and MA and worked for a number of years in the arts. I am still involved in a creative field and bring to my therapy practice an understanding of the pressures a creative and/or competitive job can present.
Style and Theoretical Approach
Finding the right therapist for you is as much about their style and personality as their qualifications. On becoming a therapist I thought a lot about what qualities have been important to me during my time spent as a client: warmth, approachability, open-mindedness and the ability to laugh with me, when appropriate, all scored highly. So I endeavour to bring these qualities to my own practice.
I work integratively, which means I can draw from different theories to suit each individual client’s needs. I am particularly influenced by attachment theory, internal family systems and relational/compassion/mindfulness based ways of working.
There is constant research and development in this field, and I regularly engage in continuing professional development. Recent further training includes:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Affinity Centre
The Clinical Application of Compassion - NICABM
Treating Trauma Master Series -NICABM
A Missing Dimension in Traditional Therapy - Pat Ogden - Sensorimotoronline