I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist who trained with The Tavistock Clinic and The Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. I am registered to practice with The British Psychoanalytic Council and am member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.
I have more than 25 years experience working in various NHS settings including regional and specialist psychotherapy services, I have also been involved in developing specialist personality disorder services.
I trained as an adult psychotherapist with a specialist interest in intercultural dynamics. I have experience of running Analytic Psychotherapy Groups within the NHS and am also trained in Mentalization Based Treatment.
I have contributed to the Psychotherapy teaching module of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Liverpool University over the past 3 years.
My personal development has included my own, long, therapy with a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a Jungian Analyst.
This experience, alongside the theoretical knowledge of my training provides me with a philosophical and experiential frame, allowing me to grapple with complicated dilemmas from everyday life. I have a human, realistic and understanding outlook.
I see the task of therapy as a process that allows one to see the world as it is. This takes account of the relationship between the ‘outside world’ of reality alongside the inner reality of thoughts, drives and feelings.
For me, the task of therapy is to find a satisfying enough way for the internal world to link with and influence the external world in as creative a way as possible.
My work is strongly informed by my Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training. The original thinking of Sigmund Freud, which has been revised, critically questioned and developed over the following 120 years, underpins my work.
This growth has influenced my application of psychotherapy theory and technique allowing me to provide a rigorous, well-grounded treatment approach.
Who I work with
I have developed experience that allows me to work with a broad range of emotional, psychological and relational difficulties. I have particular interest in the following areas:
- Guilt and Shame
- Anger and aggression.
- Unresolved traumatic life experiences.
- Borderline states of mind.
- Issues relating to self harm.
- Difficulties in sustaining satisfying relationships.
- Loss, grief and mourning.
- Emotional blocks to learning.
Where people seek help for issues connecting to risk I will seek permission to have contact with a general practitioner (GP) or mental health professional before commencing a therapy contract.
People generally seek psychological help because they are in touch with difficulties that need a little more than a friendly chat or being told what they should or should not do to make things better. My model of working allows for the exploration of difficult thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential and protected space.
Here personal difficulties can unfold and be thought about in a real and human way. For me, the most satisfying aspects of my work are in the moments when some difficult feelings becomes understood in a way that makes sense of something in a person’s everyday life. These moments are times of transformation, personal developments and growth that can’t be directed but with careful listening, can be found.