Therapy

What is it?

In my quiet studio on Brighton’s green outskirts, I practice a broad range of individual and relationship counselling. Therapy offers a neutral space in which we can explore and work through our most vulnerable emotions in a supportive and understanding environment. Following our unique personal journey, therapy seeks our connection, compassion and curiosity for what it means to walk on human turf.

We all, at some point in life, feel the need to ask for help with overwhelming emotional challenges or difficult experiences. Trauma, change, relationship issues, repetitive patterns of behaviour can leave us stuck and confused. Whatever brings us to therapy, it is often a hard choice to make; however it is in the actual decision to ask for help that our healing can begin.

My approach

I practice an attachment based therapy, founded on the profound impact our primary care experience has on how we see, feel and act in the world. This means looking at how long-buried childhood stories are somehow still echoing in our lives today. Valuing both our conscious and unconscious memories, thoughts and feelings, therapy sheds light on confusing inner conflicts, bringing clarity to our pathway ahead.

Central to my approach is the belief that we each own the key to our healing potential but as human beings we are designed to work better together to find solutions to the problems we face. I see my role as working alongside you to find, fashion and use the keys that open doors to your true self.

Background

My broad experience in education has given me a rich understanding of how to work with and value each individual within our common human framework. I incorporate an ever growing knowledge from my interests in philosophy, psychology and mythology into my creative, collaborative and holistic approach to therapy.

Practise

My training is in psychodynamic therapy; this looks to how are childhood forms the lens through which we look to make sense of the world. This in turn forms the basis of how we individually see, feel and act in relationship with ourselves and others. The paradox that our unique view of the world is what makes us all the same, is a grounding principle of my work.

My further training in Systemic Family therapy relates to my interest in the social self. Understanding ourselves in relation to the various groups we belong to in the social world, fosters a self-awareness that can liberate our capacity for change and positive development.

I am continually seeking to develop and expand my therapeutic knowledge and understanding. My current research is into Transactional Analysis; specifically how this works with the different 'ego states' of child, parent and adult. This model offers an opportunity to hear and re-write our personal narratives as we distinguish between the various aspects of self, thus working toward a more integrated, authentic position.