MBACP, PGDip, MSc, MA (Oxon), BA (Hons)
I am a BACP-registered, qualified humanistic therapist providing counselling (short-term) and psychotherapy (longer-term) for individuals and for couples or any intimate relationship (e.g. siblings, parent-child, friends). I focus on the Gestalt approach to therapy, which you can read about on the next page along with my broader humanistic background. In short, my approach primarily explores your here-and-now experience and can help you creatively manage a decision, event or crisis, or explore deeper aspects of yourself and your relationships. It is informal, experimental, honest, playful and sometimes challenging. It explores how you notice and meet your needs, or ignore them to protect yourself. It expands your flexibility and choice to be many different, sometimes contradictory things (strong and vulnerable, serious and funny, solitary and sociable), allowing you to be adaptive in a changing world.
I was previously a mental health researcher exploring how we know whether people benefit from therapy, the stories people tell about their lives, and the Recovery Approach. I have delivered psycho-educational groups on "shame", supported older people in their homes, and worked with people with a wide range of diagnoses, including eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychosis.
My pronouns are he/him and I identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community. I have worked as a therapist with clients from the LGBTQ+ community for a number of years. I have a fierce passion for celebrating gender and sexual diversity, and for affirming relationship diversity in my work with couples and relationships. I welcome and work with polyamorous relationships, open relationships, monogamous relationships and any other intimate relationship involving two or more people, including friendships and family relationships (e.g. siblings).
I am a fully insured, Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and belong to the BACP Register, a register of therapists approved by the Professional Standards Authority of Health and Social Care. I attend regular supervision to maintain my professional developments and adherence to ethical and professional standards, and have an on-going commitment to continuous professional development. I take your privacy and safety very seriously, and collect, store and process personal data in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.
PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
Certificate in Couples & Relationships Therapy – The Gestalt Centre (in training)
MSc Experimental Psychology – University of Sussex
Cognitive Remediation Therapy Qualification – King's College London
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
BA (Hons) Classics – University of Oxford
Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
LGBTQ+ affirmative practice
Suicide intervention (ASIST and SafeTALK)
Working at Relational Depth
Working Therapeutically with Sand Trays
Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression
Peer Mentoring & Personal Development
AREAS OF INTEREST
I welcome all experiences, from depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm, to trauma and physical or emotional abuse, from work and relationship difficulties, to isolation, confusion or feeling stuck. Particular interests include:
Identity – Affirming and exploring confusion or changes in how you define yourself.
Intimate relationships – Including conflict, abuse, stuckness, and separation in a diverse range of relationships types and styles (polyamorous, open, monogamous, friendships, family).
Loss – Not only bereavement, but also loss of the past, a career, a relationship, a role (e.g. mother), or part of yourself.
Needs – Responding to our needs, putting ourselves or others first, particularly understanding, expressing and responding to our emotions.
Improvisation – Being present and creative in our moment-to-moment responses (I have a background in classical and folk music).
Language – The stories we tell about ourselves, and how the words we use change our experience of ourselves, others and the world.