Therapy maybe for a specific issue, challenge or change that you are dealing with; or it can be about a more general desire for self development; ultimately it is likely to be about both. In that sense, therapy is useful for everyone at some point in their lives..
From both personal and professional experience, I work with both individuals and their families who are managing a wide spectrum of learning/ behavioural issues. My experience is across the age and ability range, with a wide variety of resources and tools to draw on.
We might pick up ideas, sometimes unknowingly about dangers in the world. I am interested in working with you to find the source of these beliefs, ways of managing them and ultimately, liberating you from their dictates and demands.
I am interested in developing mindfulness techniques to find a way of re-parenting ourselves. Too often we rely on a harsh inner critic to push us forward rather than being able to hear a voice of loving kindness to encourage our development.
Being or having an only child may raise particular concerns and experiences that, as with all family experiences, will effect our understanding of self and relationship to others.
There may be many reasons how and why we loose our sense of purpose and enthusiasm for life, in which we can become trapped by feelings of hopelessness and despair. I have extensive experience of managing these states and can work with you to find ways of moving forwards.
Our experience of change in how we are in the world, is something we all have to come to terms with. There are times when this is easy or straightforward but also when we need support to find new ways of being and seeing in the world.
Given the vital importance of our early years on our future development, its impact on how we find ourselves in the world, I have devoted a considerable amount of research and clinical time to the area of treating early years trauma.
I draw here on the knowledge from neuroscience alongside traditional psychoanalytic theory to help understand and find ways forward for people who may have suffered disturbance or trauma in their early years care environment.
Finding our place in our social world, group and our experience of self worth, changes over time as well as being hugely, though often unconsciously, influenced by our histories. Being able to tell, listen to and re-tell our personal stories in therapy and using creative writing, broadens our perspective and develops self awareness that liberates choice in how we see, feel and act in the world today.
Being aware of our relationship with substances or activities that may stand in for intimacy or simply become problematic in our lives, has been a specific area of clinical research and experience for me.
This involves working holistically, connecting our mind and body, too often seen or experienced as separate. Please see Kitchen Therapy for how we could work together on these issues.
How we manage experiences of loss and our ability to grieve has been a particular area of focus in my work.
Being able to process, talk through and accept our experience of loss, is an inevitable though often awful aspect of living. It is therefore an area I continue to explore in-depth both inside and outside therapeutic practice.