A growing body of research into successful therapy has shown that a good relationship between client and therapist is the essential factor. This relationship is at the heart of Relational Transactional Analysis, the theoretical school in which I am trained. In an atmosphere of safety, clients can explore and confront difficult feelings and experiences and gain the confidence that they will survive them.
At times, I will use our relationship to help you understand other relationships in your life, past and present. Some of our work together will focus on the here-and-now. At other times, we may explore how past experiences affect you in the present. You can expect the sessions to be client-led and collaborative – they may at times be challenging, but you are always in control of what you share.
My experience has taught me that each person’s therapeutic needs differ. I therefore work flexibly and creatively, tailoring my approach to what you need from counselling. I draw upon a variety of disciplines and therapeutic tools: I incorporate elements of body psychotherapy and mindfulness, paying attention to your somatic (physical) experiences, as well as to your thoughts and feelings; I adopt techniques from the creative therapies, such as art or drama therapy, as tools for exploring painful experiences from a safe distance; I am also heavily influenced by the person-centred tradition, which emphasises congruence, non-judgement and empathy as the core conditions of the therapeutic relationship.
I offer weekly or twice-weekly sessions and each meeting lasts 50 minutes. I am available to see adults and young people (15+ years), individuals and couples, for both time-limited and open-ended therapy.
I also run therapeutic groups with my colleague, Lucy Watt.
To read more about my qualifications and experience here.