What I Can Help With
I have over 8 years' experience helping people suffering from:
I can also help you with any other issues you may be having, from finding direction and meaning in your life to recovering your creative self.
Most therapy attempts first to gain awareness of your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, and in order to do this it is important to establish and develop a strong working relationship, one in which you feel as comfortable as possible to share your difficult thoughts and feelings. I work in a collaborative way to ensure a safe and trusting relationship so that we can work together to understand your difficulties, their meaning for you and their impact on your life, as well as deciding on what you want from counselling and therapy.
I use Transactional Analysis (TA), which is a form of psychotherapy, to help people gain awareness of and explore their patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a way similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). As a therapist training in relational TA, I believe in the importance of the relationship between therapist and client, and in finding a way of working suited to your individual needs and personal style.
I have a strong interest in mindfulness principles, having a regular practice in meditation. I believe that much of human suffering is furthered through a lack of awareness of phenomena within the mind and the body, awareness which mindfulness promotes. I believe that through becoming aware of what is going in within our minds, and connecting with our feelings in the body we can find liberation from emotional pain and mental suffering.
My Experience and Qualifications
I have an MSc in TA Psychotherapy and am a Certified Transactional Analyst, and a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). My experience includes counselling individuals at a London branch of the charity Mind, and as a volunteer listener helping callers in despair and distress at the Samaritans.