What is your approach to therapy?
My therapy approach aims to help people who have experienced trauma understand their patterns of behaviours and their ways of relating to others.
You will learn how trauma has affected you and how it affects our daily life. We will explore your triggers and where they may have come from. Most importantly, we will look at how you can move forward after trauma.
The purpose of my therapy approach is to bring what is in our unconscious mind into consciousness in a way that is safe and contained.
Many of our personal struggles and problems come from trauma that we have repressed for a variety of reasons. Although we think that we have forgotten these memories, they are actually still ticking away in the background of our mind and influencing our actions, thoughts and relationships without us realising.
I believe that exploring our history and traumas puts us in a much better position in life. This process allows us to understand ourselves more fully and to discover a more positive and functional way of living.
When we learn about the origins of our behaviour, we also learn that we now have a choice. We can either continue to be anchored to our same old scripts - or use our self-awareness and discovery to create a new path of existence.
We will work together to help you recover from trauma and empower you for the future ahead.
How much does therapy with you cost?
Sessions cost £60 each for individual adults.
I also offer a few low-cost therapy places for people who are in financial difficulties and cannot easily afford a therapist. These sessions only cost £25 each - please contact me for availability as spaces are limited and in high demand (ALL LOW COST SPACES FULLY BOOKED)
If you are a business or an organisation looking for mental health support or trauma training, please get in touch for an individual price estimate.
What can I expect therapy to be like?
The first thing I like to tell people is that there is no right or wrong way to 'do' therapy. Every therapy experience is entirely unique to each individual and different people get different things out of it.
You may come to therapy with a definite focus on childhood trauma. On the other hand, you may not have a focus and instead want to explore your life and emotions more generally.
You may not even have a 'reason' to come to therapy - you just want to give it a go and find out what it's all about. It's all down to you.
What I can promise you is a deeply human and unique relationship that is based on honesty, intimacy and a genuine interest in you. I can promise you my time, space and empathy at every session with the purpose of thinking, feeling and exploring your emotions together.
I have specialised training in child sex abuse, and have worked with survivors of organisational and ritualistic child sex abuse in their recovery.
I have also worked extensively with survivors of neglect in childhood, and shall be undertaking neuroscience research in this area in 2024. I consider psychoeducation to be vital in recovery from childhood trauma, and I bring all the latest research and tested techniques into my practice.
I'm worried therapy might make me feel worse - is it difficult?
There may be times when therapy is challenging, frustrating or painful. Something might come up from your past which hurts in a way that you were not expecting. You might learn something about your personality or behaviour patterns which is hard to accept. Sometimes you might even wonder why you came.
But therapy and self-understanding is also one of the greatest and most life-changing gifts we can give ourselves. It can be emotionally liberating and help to free us from the bonds of our past. It can restore our faith in life, people and ourselves. It can allow us to find closure from our traumas and to start a new chapter of change and creativity in our lives.
I'm interested...but are you the right therapist for me?
That depends! Every therapist is unique with their own personal academic background and life experience so we all work with people differently. Here's some more professional info on me!
I trained both academically and clinically at the organisation Gloucestershire Counselling Service which is a service accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Society. Alongside my work as a therapist, I worked as a Psychodynamic Assessor for GCS before setting up my own practice. My core training is in psychodynamic work and I hold a Diploma in this. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (Registration Number 386336). Previous to training at GCS, I studied at the University of Warwick.
Therapy is about the connection and relationship between two people, and many relationships defy the limits of listed areas. No matter what your personal background, please get in touch if you think we would make a good match!