I am a qualified and experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor.
The 4 year counselling training I undertook is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I undertook further post-qualifying training in working with couples.
Prior to qualifying as a counsellor, I trained and worked as a mental health social worker. I have a combined experience of over 20 years supporting people through all kinds of life events and distress. I have worked in a wide range of settings including mental health charities, NHS, local authorities, probation service, drugs and alcohol services.
Steeped in the psychoanalytic tradition, psychodynamic counselling emphasises the importance of our earliest relationships and experiences and the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Over the years I have been influenced by a number of theories and approaches within the psychodynamic tradition, but find attachment theory, with its abiding focus on our attachments, our separations and our losses, the most compelling way to understand emotional and relational difficulties.
I work with a strong emphasis on trust, safety, cooperation, confidentiality and boundaries. You will determine the focus, pace and depth of our work.