I follow the humanistic tradition, using an existential person-centred approach. This means that I hope to help you understand and explore your personal world, finding meaning in your experiences. I believe that everyone has the potential to change and grow, but to be human involves suffering: with anxiety, uncertainty, freedom, choice and isolation. I will support you through this journey, offering non-judgemental listening, acceptance and hope for positive change.
I sometimes work with narratives and life-stories, exploring the tales that have shaped your identity. These may include family messages, cultural scripts, and deeply internalised self-beliefs. Perhaps you hold certain ideas about yourself, which make you feel stuck, frustrated and limited. Together, we can explore these ‘personal myths’ to understand where they have come from. Then, we might gently challenge them and consider some alternatives to help you create a new story.
Therapy can help when you are questioning aspects of self-identity. This may occur at moments of transition in life, for example following a relationship ending, moving home, or adjusting to a health condition. Perhaps you are wondering about who you are, reconsidering past and future versions of yourself, or finding different ways of being that you would like to explore.
Sadness, loss and grief can take many different forms. Alongside bereavement by death, there are more ambiguous feelings of missing, wishing, yearning, distance and disconnection. Perhaps someone close has moved out of your life, or your relationship with them has changed. You might have given something up, lost part of your former identity, or had a future taken away. All of these experiences are valid.
Some of my work is with people who are diagnosed with autism or self-identify as autistic, as well as those with ADHD, dyslexia and other related conditions. Being neurodivergent can involve feelings of difference and otherness, and reflections on changing identity. I am also LGBTQIA+ affirmative and welcome people of all genders and sexualities.