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Who Is Therapy For?

I work with adult clients (18+) with a broad range of concerns and reasons for wishing to engage in psychotherapy. My clients come from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds. They hold in common a desire to make real and lasting changes to how they approach and feel about their lives.

There can be a specific trigger for seeking therapy, or the decision can result from a broader sense of disappointment or unease with the way life is going. Many people come with specific aims for therapy, but it isn’t necessary to have an aim – and often deeper aims emerge over time.

Issues I have worked with include:

  • Anxiety (including OCD)
  • Bereavement and grief (including hidden or socially unrecognised grieving)
  • Depression
  • Difficulty making life choices
  • Existential crises
  • Families and parenting
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Loneliness
  • Migration, diversity, social and cultural integration
  • Physical Illness
  • Political and environmental concerns
  • Questions around identity
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Separation and divorce
  • Spirituality and transcendental questions
  • Sexual abuse
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Traumas – be they chronic or acute
If you have any questions about psychotherapy and whether it is suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch.
Parenting Support
Parenthood radically changes things and can act as a trigger for old wounds to surface. It usually necessitates the renegotiation of present relationships, to allow for a new family structure, whatever that may be. Addressing and resolving difficulties that arise at this stage can have a profound impact on the long term wellbeing and happiness of the whole family, and importantly, on the healthy cognitive and emotional development of the child.

I have extensive training and a long standing interest in developmental psychology and in the challenges posed to parents in finding their own personal approach to family life amidst often conflicting advice, information, and broader social expectation.

My background allows me to offer highly attuned support to those who are concerned about bonding with, relating to, or simply enjoying their baby and parenthood itself. Where applicable, this can include bringing your baby to some sessions to explore where and how difficulty arises, experiment with new ways for you to connect with your baby, and to help you find more confidence as a parent.

Professionals & Organisations

Prior to being a full-time therapist and researcher, I worked variously in academic publishing, digital media, charity and education sectors. I use my experience of organisations large and small within my practice, providing space (to individuals or groups) for informed, creative thinking that goes outside the box.

I offer a supportive, non-directive, yet critically-engaged relationship as a safe place to unwind, deconstruct, play with possibilities, think rationally, make plans and implement change. This may be particularly valuable for:

  • those seeking coaching or mentoring to improve their working practice who want to explore an alternative, more holistic and relational approach
  • professionals working with traumatised or troubled individuals, but whose role is not in itself therapeutic (e.g. teachers, lawyers)

Working in creative partnership, together we may:

  • reassess your working practice
  • rethink or redevelop your goals
  • explore how your working relationships may be affected by personal experiences, past or present

Anything can be brought for consideration, including emotional and potentially unconscious aspects of working life.

Developing clarity around your ethos, purpose and value system can lead to a stronger sense of integration between your personal and professional identities, and greater personal resilience in facing challenges at work. This empowers you to:

  • lead or negotiate change
  • navigate your career more confidently
  • bring your authentic self into your work
  • make choices that are in line with your own value system, long term personal and professional aspirations
  • develop new strategies for organisational change

As an outsider to your organisation I aim to be impartial, but my implicit bias is toward valuing human experience and supporting you to listen to your emotions, trust your intuitions and integrate these with your rational and objective thinking to develop a more conscious, heartfelt, confident and capable approach to working life. I support you to define your position relative to the big picture and to develop purposeful strategies for initiating and implementing your priorities, whichever way the world is turning.