It can also feel risky and provoke anxiety. I understand how difficult this can be and hope to reassure you, whether you have seen a therapist in the past or are exploring this work for the first time, that the experience can be supportive and nourishing. My approach is flexible and can be adapted to your needs. Any concerns you may have about therapy can be addressed at our first session.
I am a qualified and experienced BACP registered Gestalt Counsellor. I have worked for several years with the NHS, for Mind and in private practice, with people bringing a wide range of concerns and painful situations and my approach is both relational and creative. I offer individual, couples and relationship counselling. As an Associate of the Centre for Systemic Constellations, I work with individuals and groups to constellate a particular issue.
I focus on enduring relational themes and patterns (or ‘gestalts’) that can fix us habitually in ways that keep us from fully contacting each other and the environment. Finding ourselves in repeating situations, feeling a lack of connection or investment can often be evidence of this ‘sticking ourselves’ in no longer useful patterns.
We work together to bring these patterns to our awareness so that choice and creativity can be applied to our ways of ‘being in the world’. Working with compassion for ourselves and others can bring new vitality and a felt difference to our lives. I also work to slowly, and when you have sufficient support, bring to your attention ways in which your body holds a record of your emotional experiences that can provide you with new awareness.
I have experience working with many people who have concerns such as anxiety, burn-out, relationship difficulties, depression, high-functioning depression, identity (including change of life, sexual, age, cultural) and self-value; trauma (including experience of boarding school or life crises), and family work including historical family constellations, fertility issues, post-natal depression and overwhelm.
Over the years I have volunteered in family and probation services, including working with vulnerable children and adults. I have worked in the arts and in primary education.
As well as training in Gestalt and in bodywork, my BA was in philosophy which enriches the ground in my work as a psychotherapist. I have a Diploma in Gestalt and Humanistic Counselling including loss and bereavement; a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I am a member of the BACP and I abide by the BACP code of ethics.
Short term therapy is usually 12 weekly sessions and can be highly effective. Longer-term therapy can be up to several years, working through previous attachment patterns towards change in an enduring way.
Some people find that weekly therapy supports their relationships and helps to manage stress and enable them to function with more stability and confidence.
I offer individual or couples therapy. Please contact me by email if you would like to arrange an initial meeting.