I’m here to offer my clients a welcoming and secure space where they can feel free to talk. It’s very important to me that we build a strong trusting alliance, so you feel safe to open up, as well as willing and able to consider making real changes.
Earning the right to practice as a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist requires a great deal of self-analysis, along with solid ongoing professional training. I do both on a continuous basis.
My main teacher has been my past traumatic wound - getting to know it and taking care of it, with patience, awareness and compassion, have deeply helped me understand a lot about trauma and what trauma does to the body, heart and mind, so that I can be alongside you and help you heal.
How did I get here?
Before training to become a psychologist and psychotherapist, I worked in banking services and life insurance. I was a trainer and managed various projects.
I was also the CEO of a charity for children diagnosed with critical illnesses. The therapeutic relationships I built with children and their parents helped me develop a great sense of patience, perseverance and belief in the human capacity to heal.
Now I’m a chartered psychologist, also qualified in Jungian psycho-dynamic counselling and psychotherapy working with individuals and couples. For couples, I’m a Certified therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).
Ongoing training means I can deliver the best in professional practice
On a personal level I’m immersed in my own therapy, as well as doing continual professional development.
I am trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Brainspotting, Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) with Dr Frank Corrigan (please see below), Somatic Psychology and Polyvagal Theory for treating complex cases of trauma.
I am also an EMDR practitioner accredited with EMDR UK Association.
AEDP is a new therapy approach which has roots in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience and body-focused approaches. Based on neuroplasticity, it facilitates healing traumatic events through undoing of aloneness and in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences.
I am also training in ISTDP (Intensive Short Dynamic Psychotherapy) - Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy is a cutting edge therapy model, with a strong evidence base. It is a highly effective form of individual psychotherapy designed to get to the heart of the matter quickly, and resolve issues fast. The approach is emotion focused; a relational therapy that can address a wide range of ongoing problems or symptoms.
Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a cutting edge therapy approach which aims to access the core of the traumatic experience in a way which tracks the original physiological sequence in the brainstem, the part of the brain which is rapidly online in situations of danger or attachment disruption. There may be threat and attachment wounding together when, for example, an experience of abandonment in infancy activates age-appropriate fears for survival.
So how does all that help you?
My knowledge of these many approaches keeps enhancing my expertise and experience. In turn, that means I understand how to help you with a wide range of difficulties, from anxiety and depression to isolation, bereavement and loss or developmental attachment trauma.