I'm a Tavistock trained psychodynamic psychotherapist offering specialist therapy to teenagers and young adults up to 25, parent consultation and guidance, and parent-child therapy. I have 16 years experience working in NHS mental health clinics, providing in-depth assessments and a range of specialist treatments, in addition 5 years in private practice, helping individuals and families to rediscover resilience, self efficacy, and a renewed sense of optimism in their lives.
I have a warm, empathic approach, meeting you where you are. I aim to help you discover more freedom and authenticity in how you understand yourself and others. I work with close attention to your thoughts, feelings, memories and dreams. Through the therapeutic relationship we make sense of ways of relating where you may be unconsciously repeating old patterns which no longer serve you. The evidence indicates that the benefits of psychodynamic treatment are “lasting and not just transitory and appear to extend well beyond symptom remission. For many people, psychodynamic therapy may foster inner resources and capacities that allow richer, freer, and more fulfilling lives.” *
I can help with a diverse range of issues - anxiety, depression, complex trauma, traumatic loss, bereavement, significant life transitions, e.g. relationship breakdown, separation, divorce, adoption difficulties, psychosexual and transgender issues etc. I liaise with and can refer to other mental health professionals, for instance consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and family therapists when this is indicated. I have strong links with schools, colleges, and university student support services.
I have a doctoral level qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from the Tavistock Clinic in London. In addition I have trained in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Practice) EMDR and in Working with Couples with Tavistock Relationships. I am a member of the ACP and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and am committed to maintaining the high professional and ethical standards these demand.
I provide clinical supervision to a range of counsellors, psychotherapists and allied professionals.
* Shedler, J. (2012). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. In R. A. Levy, J. S. Ablon, & H. Kächele (Eds.), Psychodynamic psychotherapy research: Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence (pp. 9–25). Humana Press - Springer. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-60761-792-1_2