Experience and Qualifications
I I have an MA in Psychotherapy, Diploma in Integrative Counselling and a Diploma in Biodynamic massage. My first undergraduate degree and MA was in History from The University of Oxford. I am currently studying at the Centre For Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York, and also attend a clinical seminar series at The Institute of Psychoanalysis in London. My interest in psychoanalysis forms the theoretical basis of my clinical work. My long-term practice of yoga, dance and somantics contribute to a belief in the importance of working towards mind-body integration and a feeling of wholeness.
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 first training taught me to incorporate a number of different approaches, however, over the years of clinical work, I have become increasingly influenced by psychoanalysis. 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.