Tel: 07519 128837
Professional Background, Training and Experience
I am a qualified psychotherapist who trained with the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC).
I first began therapeutic work as an Occupational Therapist in Adult Mental Health. I have 16 years of qualified experience working in the NHS. I have been head of a team at a large community day hospital in London where I also I received
extra training in individual psychoanalytic and group therapy. In addition I did initial training in family therapy and supervised staff.
On moving to the South West I worked in a Community Mental Health Outreach team for five years. Earlier in the 1990s, I worked with exiled asylum seekers at Freedom from Torture Foundation in London. I continue my interest in this work with Gloucester Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers where I see individuals on a weekly basis.
What is the psychotherapy I offer?
Psychotherapy is a talking treatment which offers a relationship in which a client can face their difficulties, conflicts and emotions. It is similar to counselling but typically explores things at greater depths over a longer period of time.
How can it help?
When emotional conflicts can be looked at with-out needing to be expelled or instantaneously solved, they can be experienced in some of their complexity. Through this reflective process clients can reach new ways of understanding themselves and relating to others. This can bring relief from painful feelings and damaging repetitive patterns.
Who can it help?
• Anyone experiencing specific problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship worries, parenting difficulties, addiction, isolation, sexual problems, grief, or physical ill-health where medical interventions have been unable to relieve symptoms.
• Anyone who has experienced past abuses or trauma which continue to cause them distress in the present.
• Anyone with a general sense of dissatisfaction as though something is missing in their lives or simply a desire to know themselves better.
What happens exactly?
We meet, usually weekly, for 50 minutes in a quiet and confidential setting. The emphasis is on you raising the issues you wish to bring. I offer an open, compassionate and enquiring approach using my skills to understand, reflect and explore deeper dynamics to enable insight and emotional healing.
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture
Still, treat each guest honourably
They may be clearing you out
For some new delight.
How To Contact Me
I practice here in Nailsworth, and in Bath
where we can have an initial meeting to explore
working together prior to setting up regular weekly
I can be contacted here at the Cotswold Psychotherapy Practice on my telephone which is 07519 128 837, also by email firstname.lastname@example.org