About me and my therapy practice
I offer psychoanalysis in central Exeter for people who are looking for a space to speak. I have been in practice for nine years, and am an accredited and registered member of the BACP, and a chartered psychologist with the BPS. My original training was a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, which enabled me to work as a psychotherapist and psychologist in the NHS, in mental health and more specialist services. I am enrolled with The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
Entering into psychoanalysis entails a crossing of a threshold, and beginning a process of taking up a new kind of relation to oneself and one’s problems. Contemporary life poses particular challenges to us all: analysis presents us with an opportunity to speak in the presence of an Other about the specificity of the conditions of one’s life. In the context of an analysis, speech takes on new and sometimes strange dimensions - what we find ourselves saying surprises us as hidden thoughts unravel. This can mean attending to fleeting dreams and fantasies, which usually get lost in the business of everyday life. Often we discover the multitude of ways in which we are lived by desires that we can’t always understand.
While I see people struggling with various difficulties in their lives, one of my areas of special interest is gender and sexuality. For several years I was employed in an NHS Gender Identity Clinic, and in my time there I worked with hundreds of trans, non-binary, and de-transitioning people. Questions of identity and desire arise for all of us in analysis, and often require careful working through. I’m alive to the complex ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other aspects of our identities, such as race and class, and I offer a non-pathologising space to explore what it means to take up a particular place in the world. Societal norms that define how we should live our gender and sexuality can prove difficult to navigate for all of us.
My first sessionThe initial session is an opportunity to discuss what might be bringing you to therapy, and to get a sense of what working together might be like. There will also be some time dedicated to discussing the practicalities of starting therapy. All sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work