With my brother diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia nearly 30 years ago, I have personal experience of the family sacrifices and struggles related to the pain and stigma of mental illness. Having devoted my life to the improvement of people’s emotional fitness and mental resilience, with support from organisations such as SANE and MIND, my own journey has allowed me to discover the true benefits of therapy first-hand. I aim to be a truly authentic and compassionate listener, with my first priority being to help you find strategies to deal with the immediate problem giving you concern, and to then provide support as you discover new ways to change things for the better.
I tend to avoid labelling people with psychological diagnoses as I find that many clients have previously been misdiagnosed or incorrectly labelled, all proving to be quite counter-productive. Instead, I take each person individually and regard their problem as a unique theme. I work to understand what it must feel like from the inside. We work together to unravel whatever it is that is keeping the problem alive, then strengthen emotional resilience levels so that better life choices can be made, until eventually this becomes the new habit and, therefore, a new way of being.
This form of personal therapy is very much a collaborative process, the aim being for people to eventually find their own internal therapist. I promise that you won’t be engulfed by the therapy (or by me, the therapist), or pressured to say or do anything you do not want. What matters most is that we learn to work together on the basis of mutual respect and trust.
Areas I specialise in are:
- crises in relationships
- stress and other pressures
- fears, panics and anxieties
- family problems
- difficult decisions
- physical pain, depression and sadness
……so that you can:
- develop more fulfilling relationships
- bring out your creativity and self-expression
- learn to assert your own needs
- renew a sense of purpose in your life
- find paths to self-discovery
- feel well again and be happier in yourself.
As a CBT and TA trained therapist, I am accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and am a member of both the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP) and the United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysts (UKATA), abiding by their codes of conduct, ethics and professional practice. I am also proud to be listed on the counselling-directory.org.uk, a directory of professional counsellors all over the country. I am a member of MIP’s Quality & Ethics Committee, and my work is overseen and bound by the UKATA Code of Ethics and is therefore subject to strict ongoing supervision.