I work with individuals and couples.
To begin with I offer a free 20 – 30 minute chat to enable us to tune in to each other and make sure that we’re a good fit. Once we’ve agreed to work together your therapeutic journey is shaped by what emerges in the sessions.
I offer a framework for your therapy that provides reparative conditions that are safe and holding. I aim to provide a kind and understanding atmosphere in which your feelings can be processed and validated, creating the conditions that enable you to heal and allow self-insights to emerge and for any outdated patterns to change.
Talking may be the mode in which we do this work or we may include working creatively, for example with pad and pens, using therapeutic sand tray and / or allowing the body’s wisdom a space to be expressed and contained through creative movement.
With a background in professional dance and as a movement psychotherapist, I have an interest in the body-mind connection and for this reason my therapy room is large enough to include movement when and if it’s helpful.
I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as in-depth training in Mindfulness from a longstanding Buddhist practice, and whilst I do not work exclusively with these approaches, I find they can be valuable tools to integrate into deeper therapeutic work.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. IFS sees the mind in terms of “parts” or as interrelated sub-personalities. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome.
I have trained to work with couples at Re-Vision in London and I offer couple counselling for a range of relationships which includes romantic partners, family relationships (e.g mother / daughter) and business partners.
Intimacy and belonging are so important to us as human beings and for many the relationship with the partner is the primary place where these needs get met; when the relationship isn’t working it can be extremely painful and create a great deal of uncertainty and insecurity.
If the couple is willing to look at what they are bringing to the relationship, if they are willing to be vulnerable and to learn to allow difference, then couple counselling can offer a place to both listen and be heard, to find new ways of relating and discovering new depths in connection with your partner.
Through couple counselling the relationship can benefit from more stability with a more secure attachment, renewed commitment and paradoxically more freedom to be oneself within the relationship. Sometimes when a relationship has ruptured, if there are the conditions to allow staying with the process and learning to tolerate the discomfort, a repair can take place resulting in a new confidence in the relationship and a deeper resilience than before.
As well as providing intimacy and belonging, a couple relationship can be a place where it is possible to heal and grow as an individual. The couple can be a blueprint for other relationships in our life. Allowing the other to be truly who they are can translate into health for the couple relationship as well as for other relationships.
Other couple relationships for counselling can include family relationships (e.g. mother/daughter) or business partnerships.
I work within the ethical framework of ADMP UK.