I have thirty years previous experience of supporting people through stressful times. Initially, as a psychological therapist, manager and senior practitioner in NHS mental health and maximum secure forensic services, and as a psychotherapist for the last twenty years.I have supported individuals, parents and young people through traumatic life events, childhood abuse, bereavement following suicide and homicide, clinical depression, complex dissociative disorders and other emotional and mental health difficulties.
I work as a consultant psychotherapist for social services and the NHS, and as 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 families where a an admission to hospital has been needed.
I have a special interest in working with complex trauma and dissociative disorders 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 have trained extensively in the structural model of trauma and dissociation, and the three phase treatment that works towards co-consciousness or integration. Having become accredited as a child and adolescent psychotherapist has enhanced work with young parts or alters.
I seek to bring psychotherapy into the public domain, to people who would not normally attend by continuing voluntary and public service work, 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, and riding my bicycle in Devon and wild places in nature. I am a parent and lean into that journey.I have a meditation practice. I am vegetarian trying to be vegan.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.