Experience, Qualifications And Memberships

I I have an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I also have a Diploma in Biodynamic massage from The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy. My first undergraduate degree and MA was in History from The University of Oxford.

My long-term practice of meditation, yoga and other somatic practices, as well as my experience of being in psychoanalysis, inform my work and contribute to my belief in the importance of working towards mind-body integration and a feeling of wholeness. I am a member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I abide by the BACP’s ethical framework. I am also a yoga teacher and a member of the British Wheel of Yoga.

I have worked as a psychotherapist for various charities and at King’s College Hospital with people who experience distressing physical symptoms. My experience in each sector has helped me appreciate the diverse needs and wishes of people who come to therapy and the variety of issues they bring, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, abuse, health conditions and relationship difficulties.

 

What Therapeutic Approach Do I Use?

My training allows me to incorporate a number of different approaches, however, over the years of clinical work since then, I have become increasingly influenced by psychoanalytic approaches.  This means that I may invite you to talk about your early life as well as your current situation, and that I consider the relationship between the client and the therapist to be an important part of the work. At points we might pay attention to the body and its signals, and to the unspoken as well as the spoken.

I approach the work with warmth, intuition and intelligence, and aim to create a context of acceptance, empathy and appropriate challenge. I believe this can, over time, lead to increased self-understanding and facilitate the capacity to make positive changes.

I work within a non-discriminatory framework and respect every individual’s ethnicity, sexuality, culture, religion, age, gender identity and body.