About

My Approach

I think of our work together as a process of joint exploration: a journey of discovery for me to get to know you and for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationship. I am naturally relational in nature and bring warmth and compassion to my work. I steer away from judgement and blame, preferring instead to focus on insight and understanding.

As part of my training and personal development, I have undertaken years of intense psychoanalysis and therefore know what it is like first hand to be in therapy. I bring this understanding of being a client in treatment to how I work with you. I am mindful that it can be a daunting prospect, especially if you have not had therapy before or perhaps, unfortunately, not had a very good experience.

My Qualifications & Experience

I am a qualified couple and individual psychotherapist who specialises in intimate partner relationships. I have undergone many years of training, including 8 years of two intensive clinical trainings at London’s Tavistock Relationships (TR), the world’s leading training organisation in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

I am registered with two professional bodies, the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Qualifications

MA Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (University of East London/Tavistock Relationships) BPC

PGDip Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (UEL/Tavistock Relationships) BACP
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (Regent’s University School of Psychotherapy & Psychology)
BA Hons. Education & Human Resource Management (Middlesex University)

My Previous Experience

As well as a former Programme Head for TR’s clinical training, I bring an eclectic background of experience and knowledge having worked in the commercial, education and voluntary sectors: e.g., HR Director; University Lecturer; Deputy Principal; Victim Support Worker; Workplace Mediator and Coach.

My training and accreditation as a Mediator in Mediation and Dispute Resolution was obtained at Regent’s University, and my Coaching qualification with the London School of Coaching.

Other Services

In addition to my private practice, I supervise students and qualified therapists, and teach trainee practitioners and qualified individual therapists who wish to see couples.

Choosing a Therapist

When choosing a therapist, research shows that successful outcomes are significantly determined by the ‘fit’ between therapist and client. As well as someone you feel is right for you, I would also encourage you to seek help from someone who is clinically experienced and who has undertaken rigorous training. They should be a full registered member of at least one professional body such as the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) or the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

For couples seeking help, it is especially important to engage a therapist specifically trained to work with couples. This is highly specialised work. With a skilled and trained couple therapist you and your partner will experience a way of thinking and working that is about understanding the relationship dynamic you create together and one that considers the needs of you both.

If I feel you require expertise outside of my own, or I am unable to offer a session time that works for you, I will, where possible, refer you to other services or a fellow professional.

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
Brené Brown