My hours are flexible and I can offer daytime, evening and weekend sessions to suit you.
About me and my therapy practice
I am a fully trained and qualified Integrative Psychotherapist which means I may use different therapeutic models and approaches to support your needs. I am open, honest, easy-going and down to earth. With a person-centred focus your therapy is about you, and my desire is to be part of the process that helps you to understand and heal yourself and to find balance within yourself and your life. Other models I draw from are Schema Focused Therapy, CBT, Trauma Focused Therapy, Compassion Focused therapy and Internal Family Systems. We will work together but at your pace to facilitate the self-change that you seek.
I have a 2:1 degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Counselling, Psychology, and Psychotherapy and a Post-graduate certificate in Forensic Psychology. I have worked within the NHS and Criminal Justice System. I have longstanding and heartfelt interest in compulsive spending disorder with extensive experience and understanding of it. I have undertaken research and education on the subject, driven by my own experiences and interest in the complexities of this multi-dimensional disorder. I have a deep passion to learn as much as I can about the disorder, to raise awareness of it, and to help those who struggle with their own spending to transform their behaviour into something more meaningful and manageable. If you would like me to accompany you on your journey towards this, please do not hesitate to get it touch.
I offer treatment and therapy for many different psychological presentations though my main focus is on Compulsive Spending disorder. Often thought of as a meaningless activity, shopping for many becomes part of a desperate search for meaning, identity or reparation. Do you shop when you feel low or experience negative emotions? Does spending make you feel better and improve your mood? Is this feeling quickly replaced with feelings of shame, guilt and remorse?
What is compulsive shopping? For many people, shopping and spending money are normal routine aspects of daily life. People usually spend to acquire goods and services they need and can afford. When you are driven to spend regardless of your resources and the consequences, the behaviour can become compulsive and out of control. Compulsive buying is often described as a behavioural disorder characterized by repetitive purchasing that becomes the primary response to difficult or negative events or feelings. It can be the presenting problem, or it can be a secondary syndrome in response to deeper underlying issues. It is often viewed as an abnormal form of spending that can leave you with difficult emotional, social, relational and financial consequences. It is the response to an uncontrollable drive or desire to obtain or experience a feeling through an activity that causes a person to repeatedly engage in the behaviour, and it will inevitably cause harm to the person.
How can you heal and recover from compulsive shopping disorder? When we explore this in greater depth and search for the suppressed emotions or damaged parts within us that are compensated for with shopping, we start to understand what is triggering and maintaining our compulsive shopping.
My first session
Introductory session - Coming to therapy can be daunting and you may feel anxious or uncomfortable at the first session. My aim will be to put you at ease and answer any questions that you might have.
Session 1 – Outline your spending problem and expectations for therapy. What is your concept of problematic shopping, what do you see as the problem and what do you want to change?
Session 2 – Assessment and timeline of events in your life. Identifying significant events, people, places and experiences.
Session 3 – Work together to create a formulation (plan) for your treatment.
Session 4 – An exploration of your spending pattern and your relationship with money.
Session 5 – The search for self within spending - Identifying emotions, maladaptive thoughts and feelings associated with shopping and cues for spending.
Session 6 – Impulse Control – understanding it, cues and consequences of spending episodes.
Session 7 - Financial recovery – long term planning and problem solving. How to manage day-to-day spending.
Session 8 – Moving forward – maintenance and relapse prevention, avoiding high risk triggers and situations.
Session 9 – Review of therapy and treatment so far. Any outstanding needs or issues?
Session 10 – Endings
What I can help with
Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Substance Dependency, Trauma
Types of therapy
Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, Emotionally focused therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, Groups, Young people
How I deliver therapy