I have twenty years previous experience as a psychological therapist, manager and senior practitioner in NHS mental health and maximum secure forensic services.I have supported individuals, families and young people through traumatic life events, abuse, bereavement following suicide and homicide, clinical depression, eating disorders and other emotional and mental health difficulties.
I am a psychotherapist for social services and a supervisor and psychotherapist for a Women and girl's rape crisis and childhood sexual abuse centre. I have worked jointly with child and adolescent mental health services to provide therapy for parents and young people in emotional crisis, and with parents and infants to enable short term support for severe postnatal depression. I bring a wealth of understanding and experience to help you work through your issues and life experiences. There is not a lot that would shock me, I am approachable and have a sense of humour.
I have been interested in relational therapeutic work throughout my working life and I'm also qualified in dramatherapy, and trained in cognitive behavioural, dialectic behavioural therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy whilst working in the NHS.I was awarded the Harry Guntrip memorial award for my work linking psychoanalytic ideas with patients experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems at the State Hospital, Carstairs. I have supported couples and families in public service, particularly where a an admission to hospital has been needed.
I have a special interest in working with post-natal depression and dissociative identity issues that are often associated with the identity fragmentation that can follow childhood abuse. I see the two areas as linked and pay attention to attachment patterns and particularly to very early history. I work with the effects of shock and trauma from a body/mind perspective. Using a depth psychotherapy model rooted in awareness, and at the same time integrating Western psychotherapeutic skills and practices, the therapeutic alliance welcomes the whole person as well as addressing particular difficulties.
I seek to bring psychotherapy into the public domain, to people who would not normally attend by continuing voluntary and public service work, paying attention to low cost spaces, avoiding jargon, and reviewing accessibility and anti-discriminatory practice. I hold a full DBS check.
I offer a confidential, clear and contained space for reflection, deep listening, respect and welcome for whatever it is that you wish to explore. I am resourced by the spirit of horses, wild animals in the garden, and riding my bicycle in Devon and wild places in nature.I have a daily yoga and meditation practice.I am currently learning more about scaravelli yoga.Following a year living in Portugal my Portuguese rescue dogs Mr.Fox a podengo, and Jimbo a galgo, have taught me about trust, relationship, and running off anyway.