‘Making Connections in a Safe Space’
Hello, and a warm welcome to my website.
Chances are, if you are reading this page it is because you are feeling stuck in some area of your life. Maybe you are having difficult feelings that, however hard you try, you just cannot shake off. Maybe there are problems in your intimate relationships; or perhaps it is a stressful work situation that is troubling you. Maybe you just feel you have more potential somehow, but aren’t able to access it. Whatever the situation, most people come into therapy because they are thinking, ‘I’m stuck, and I don’t know the way forward’.
Therapy is about getting unstuck; and it does this by helping you make connections. This can happen in quite a few different ways. It might be to help you connect with feelings that have previously been unacknowledged. Or it might be to look at what is blocking your connection with others - so many of us can spend our lives feeling alone and isolated even when in a crowd. It might be to connect with memories of the past, and to look at the way these are influencing your current life. Very often the most important connection in therapy can be that between the client and therapist. Simply being heard in an accepting and non-judgemental way can help a great deal. Through this process of connection, new ways forward emerge which were previously inconceivable.
Qualifications & Experience
I have a post-graduate diploma and advanced diploma in integrative psychotherapy and counselling, and am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with seven years experience. I have worked in both the NHS and in local charity settings. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, relationship issues, work issues and many other problems. If you are wondering if I am the right person to help you, please feel free to contact me and ask. If I am not the right professional to work with you, I will endeavour to signpost you to someone who is.
This page is for people who know a little about the theory of therapy, and might want to know about the ideas that have influenced me in my work.
I am an integrative psychotherapist, which means I draw on a range of different theories. I draw particularly on the humanistic approaches of client-centered and focusing-oriented psychotherapy, and am also very influenced by relational (attachment-based) psychoanalytic ideas. These theories form the basis of my own approach. In addition to these, I have integrated some ideas and techniques from existential therapy, gestalt therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
I am happy to talk more about how we might work together when we meet. I tailor my approach to best meet the needs of each individual client. I work with people both for short periods of 6-12 weeks or for open-ended long-term therapy.
I have a special interest in working with dreams. This is because I think dreams are free therapy! I believe that once I have shown you how to understand your dreams, you can continue to use them to solve problems and grow as a person, whether you are in therapy or not.
I can help you to:
The quote on the first page of this website, ‘making connections in a safe place’, comes from Ernest Hartmann, one of the foremost experts on dreams alive today. He says that psychotherapy and dreams are similar – in that they are both safe spaces in which we can make the connections we need to solve problems. If you would like to know more about what Hartmann has to say, you can read my blog, where I will be writing about his ideas, amongst other things, or you can follow this link to an article by Hartmann himself.
If you are particularly interested in working with your dreams let me know and we can make it a - or the - focus of our work together.
I am currently training as a psychotherapy supervisor and expect to qualify in September 2015. In the meantime, I am able to offer low cost psychotherapy supervision. My rate is £35 a session.
I am influenced in my style of supervision by the theories mentioned in the ‘my approach’ section of this website, and these will form the backbone of my understanding of your work with clients.
In line with person-centered thinking, I aim to create a warm, safe space where we can explore very freely both of our senses of what happens between you and your clients. I also adopt an enquiring stance – this is to help you develop your own understanding of your work, to become the best therapist you can be, rather than a therapist who looks at the work in exactly the same way as me.