I offer a holistic and creative approach to counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and children. Building a trusting relationship in which you feel safe to explore both struggles and aspirations, is central to the work. I draw on a variety of approaches according to your needs, paying attention to what is happening in body, feelings, mind and spirit. I enjoy working with a diverse range of people and see symptoms as important messages.
We may just talk – simply being heard and understood on a deep level can bring about changes.
Choosing to work with art materials such as paint, clay, sand tray or using visualisations enables you to explore things you somehow know, but cannot easily put into words, or find imaginative solutions to problems. You don’t have to be good at art to do this.
Bringing compassionate attention to the body enables us to access feelings, thoughts and memories stored there – causing tension, pain or numbness. It can help restore a sense of calm and release symptoms of trauma in a safe, manageable way. Using movement can help you access wisdom within, avoiding a mind-body split.
You can use the therapeutic relationship to explore other relationships and repair or re-negotiate relational patterns. Sometimes insights and changes happen spontaneously and naturally, at other times they require longer: staying with difficulties and uncertainty in order to gain better understanding. Here the therapeutic relationship can provide challenge and support.
I offer short and long term work. Short term work focuses on specific difficulties or crises in the present; long term work offers the opportunity for a deeper exploration of issues which may have their roots in the past.
I draw on Psychosynthesis, Jungian, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, and Somatic approaches, working collaboratively, with gentle curiosity and an attitude of mutual respect.