How Does It Work?
The way that I work is that I listen to your story, ask questions and try to understand what life means for you. My aim is to try to get a picture of what you feel like in your body, in your life and in your interactions with people. I believe that feeling heard and seen is incredibly healing and that there is immense benefit in having a space where we can regroup and repair. Being offered the opportunity to work with you is something I take very seriously in terms of privacy, confidentiality, reliability, clinical supervision, focus and respect.
As an Integrative Therapist, I incorporate a range of techniques from my training and experience to empower you to make the changes you hope for. My initial training as a person-centred counsellor has been enhanced by postgraduate study of traditional and contemporary approaches as well as further education in techniques such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I am interested and influenced by child psychology research and draw from respectful parenting techniques such as RIE/Pikler/Whole brain approach in my work with adults.
I blend true radical empathy with respectful parenting and a trauma informed, feminist approach.
If you decide to enter into therapy with me, we will find a regular time each week to meet. That will be your time slot and if you need to rearrange, I ask for at least one week’s notice.
Part of my work is to help you develop a comprehensive plan to support your mental, emotional and physical health. I often provide referrals to specialist practitioners of psychiatry and other medical fields, nursing, nutrition, personal training, coaching, meditation practice, physical therapy and acupuncture amongst others.
Appointments are 50 minutes long, unless you request a longer session of 75 mins. Ten minutes before the end of the session, we will begin to wind down and discuss any homework ideas or practical arrangements for the following week. We will usually agree an initial therapy contract of eight sessions and then take some time to assess whether our work is moving in the direction you would like.
A Bit About Me
I have been a therapist for 12 years and feel very lucky to work in this field. I came to this work through my own therapy journey which I have found to be challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
The recommendations I make are things I have done or continue to do myself and I am passionate about learning from other therapists too – I read articles and books, listen to podcasts, participate in forums, present at conferences and interview other practitioners to gain inspiration, new perspectives and insight into different approaches.
Outside of my practice, I host a support community for therapists and provide workshops, courses, coaching and lawyer reviewed paperwork to therapists in private practice.