I am a Group Analytic Psychotherapist and Couples Therapist with a nineteen year career in the NHS mental health field and fifteen years in social work with families and children. I offer individual psychodynamic therapy, couple therapy and group analysis, a psychoanalytically-informed type of group psychotherapy.
What I offer:
I seek to provide a dependable, safe space in which you can be supported in exploring the nature of your difficulties and what factors are preventing change.
I offer a three-session ‘extended consultation’ at the outset. This provides the opportunity for exploration of your current difficulties and placing them in the context of your formative early relationships and significant life events. It allows me to arrive at an initial psychological formulation that I share with you. The discussion of what form of psychotherapy might best suit your needs forms part of the consultation. The gaps between the three sessions often leads to new thoughts occurring or for dreams to arise, which we reflect upon in the following session. By the third session, you will have sufficient experience of me to judge whether I, and the psychotherapy I offer, can be helpful to you and for us to agree the key areas you may benefit from working on. I provide a written contract for the therapy we agree upon.
During the consultation, if you choose not to proceed further or if I consider that a psychotherapist with a different approach might better meet your therapy needs, I shall assist you in finding suitable alternative help.
Difficulties I can help with:
- Relationship difficulties – personal or work-related
- Feeling an “outsider” in groups
- “Unaccountable” feelings or the absence of any feelings
- Grief including delayed or unresolved grief reactions
- Childhood trauma and adversity
- Difficulties in knowing one’s own mind
- Conflicting feelings
Difficulties in context:
My clinical experience is that our perspective on our own difficulties is often restricted or distorted and hinders their resolution. Sometimes our difficulties are compounded by harsh self-judgment and feelings of shame. We may have accepted uncritically the opinions of us held by important figures in our lives, particularly our parents in our early development, that will in turn have been shaped by their histories and cultural background. Traumatic events or longstanding emotional deprivation or cruelty may have negatively impacted on our self-image.
In all these instances, we can be helped by alternative perspectives and accepting that we have probably tried the best we can with the knowledge and skills we had available to us. Through psychotherapy, we come to the realisation that what feels most personal and unique to us is also most universal and that our internal conflicts are very often a reflection of unresolved conflicts in our families of origin or wider society. Through the internalisation of these ‘impossible dilemmas’, we may have unwittingly become the architects of our own misfortunes that we repeat without knowing why.
What form of therapy might I recommend:
The nature of your difficulties will determine whether individual, couple or group psychotherapy might benefit you most.