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About me and my therapy practice
Hello, I’m a principal psychodynamic psychotherapist with 26 years’ experience of working within the NHS mental health and psychotherapy services.
People often come to see me because they are unable to resolve or understand their difficulties like depression or anxiety on their own and may have become unwell. I help people to develop a better understanding of their difficulties, and to become aware of the internal obstacles and relationships that seem to be preventing development and helpful change. Change often involves some difficult emotional movement in conjunction with what can be faced between us in a session, and I think of this as us working towards good mental health.
Central to psychodynamic psychotherapy is the recognition that our emotional life is a fundamental part of being human, and that we might all need help with thinking about our thoughts and feelings at an unconscious level during our lives. This is one of the only types of psychotherapy that shines a light on your unconscious, and with further reflection can help you to develop a substantial sense of self and diminish suffering if that is what’s required.
From my experience and training I specialise in helping people with depression, anxiety, treatment resistant depression, melancholia, personality difficulties like borderline personality disorder, and wider issues to do with sex and sexuality. This might mean that we may work more intensively over several sessions a week when required.
I am also happy to meet with you if you are experiencing other difficulties and want to make sense of what’s on your mind, your relationships and life in general.
I also see trainee clinical psychologists and psychotherapists through their training.
Psychodynamic treatment involves meeting with a psychotherapist on a regular basis for sessions that last fifty minutes. This reliable, confidential setting gives us the chance to connect with and understand what is happening at a deeper level, and so even very complex persistent emotional difficulties can be faced.
I have worked in NHS mental health services since 1991. I'm a principal psychodynamic psychotherapist, group therapist, and clinical supervisor within psychological services Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. I also teach and supervise psychiatrists training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I provide assessment and treatment for persistent depression and anxiety, complex needs and for those seeking help with making sense of their lives. I have also worked as a psychotherapist in Berkshire NHS personality disorders service from 2005 - 2010, honorary psychotherapist at the NHS Isis Centre in Oxford 2011- 2013 and at the Tavistock Centre in London from 2007 - 2015.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling