"There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness" Han Suyin
I believe my primary responsibility with each person that I work with is building a space (both physically and psychologically) in which they feel comfortable and secure enough to be able to think, feel and voice what they need and who they are. Empathy, respect and kindness are the fundamental starting point for any healthy human relationship and key to building a trusting therapeutic alliance. It is important that people feel able to let me know what seems to be working for them about my approach and equally what they might not find helpful.
I begin my work with each person from a framework informed by the idea of Trauma and Recovery. I start in this way because I trust this framework to be a holding, ethical and compassionate way of working. Instead of asking "What's wrong with you?" we will work together to explore how what has happened in your past could still be affecting the way in which you're living life today. I am a member of The Relational School of Psychotherapy as both my professional experience and current psychological research confirms the relationship between therapist and client to be the defining factor in successful psychotherapy and counselling.
Although it’s crucial to help people heal from and process painful, demoralising effects of trauma and loss, it’s also important to nurture their potential for new possibilities of healing. Discovering and honouring the possibility of hope, resilience and post-traumatic growth can be a defining moment in regaining power and agency for any client. In this way, my approach will not only enable clients to have space to grieve and mourn what was lost or never there but will also celebrate what is: the tangible markers of post-traumatic growth, such as new ways of relating to others, the rediscovery of personal strengths, and a new found appreciation for life in general.
I am an experienced body-worker, trained in Body Psychotherapy, Yoga Therapy for Mental Health (including Trauma Informed Yoga), Yoga Therapy for Special Needs, Mindfulness Meditation and Restorative Yoga. I feel that this embodied knowledge gives me a deeper understanding of unspoken communications, often called symptoms, that when acknowledged and understood can be the key to recovery. My way of working gives clients the opportunity to become more aware of their body, ultimately becoming clearer about the body and mind being part of one system. I may include Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Yoga within a psychotherapy session when appropriate.
I conducted research, in conjunction with Middlesex University looking at the connection between post-traumatic growth and creativity. From this came an additional interest in supporting and guiding clients in rediscovering their innate spontaneity and creativity. This reconnection can be the difference between feeling alive and vital instead of a sense of being dead inside or stuck.
I continue to develop my professional skills and knowledge base, attending and running courses, workshops and reading up to date publications so that I consistently offer fresh and thoughtful therapeutic support to each person who chooses to work with me.