Firstly, I must say that I am a fairly private person and if it was left to me I would not have a picture of myself on this site! The creation of my own website is unavoidable from a business perspective but I know very little about social media. I have a web designer who helps me with that side of things and with the technical aspects of maintaining a website. However, I have enjoyed picking all the pictures/images for this site and all the writing, except if it is connected with anything to do with social media such as twitter, is mine.
I have been working full-time as a psychotherapist since 2002 and have over 11,000 clinical hours of experience. I offer not only a huge depth of experience as a Senior Psychotherapist with a community mental health team (CMHT) within the NHS and as a psychotherapist in private practice but, as I have an unusual dual accreditation in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy, I am uniquely placed to offer a flexible and powerful approach to psychotherapy. I now also incorporate Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) into my work, and also Schema Therapy.
I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy based on my training in a number of different models. This approach is underpinned by a psychoanalytic understanding of human development, motivation and behaviour. Although research has overwhelmingly proven that past attachments styles shape our identity, the type of therapy I offer concentrates on what is happening for the client now in their lives and/or how they react in the therapy itself, with a view to altering, mostly in small subtle ways, aspects of who they are. Some of the issues I currently work with include:
• emotional numbness & feelings of emptiness
• lack of a secure identity & search for meaning in life
• OCD and obsessional thinking
• relationship difficulties
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