I began my professional life as a registered nurse and then as a midwife. My career in the NHS spanned over 34 years of which the latter part I worked as a Midwife specialising in the care of vulnerable mothers experiencing emotional difficulty.
Driven by a wish to gain a deeper understanding of my client group I went on to train as a Psychodynamic Counsellor, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Reading University in 2010 and am a registered member of the BACP. I have worked as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in both the voluntary and statutory sector with adult and adolescent clients providing both short term and open ended therapy.
I went on to undertake an Infant Observation with Wessex, British Association of Psychotherapists in 2012. I then embarked upon and completed my Parent-infant Therapist training with Oxford Parent Infant Project, (Oxpip), in 2014. I remain part of the Oxpip team working part time as a Parent-infant therapist delivering intensive therapeutic help to parents and their babies during pregnancy and the first two years of their baby’s life.
I am an accredited Video Interaction Guidance practitioner where video is used to help parents build confidence to interact with and understand their baby.
I have also worked as a facilitator delivering a domestic violence perpetrators programme for a charitable organisation.
I maintain regular continuing professional development and am supervised by a senior Psychotherapist in accordance with BACP regulations. I undertake regular professional development on an ongoing basis and abide by BACP codes of ethics and practice.
What I Offer
My core approach is psychodynamic, which means that we will work together to get to the root of current or ongoing difficulties, try to make sense of them, and work through the feelings involved. My aim is to help you understand yourself better, move forward, and find more satisfying ways of thinking, feeling, relating and living.
I offer open-ended psychodynamic counselling, where no time limit is set on the number of sessions , or short-term and time limited counselling where we agree on a number of sessions at the start. This can be discussed during our initial session.
I am able to offer help to people with a range of difficulties such as:
• Bereavement and loss
• Low self esteem and identity issues
• Relationship problems.
I am also able to help parents during pregnancy and the first two years of their baby’s life. Parent-infant therapy focuses on the relationship between parent and baby, observing the interaction to encourage the development of a strong and loving attachment.
Video Interaction Guidance -Using video to help parents build confidence to interact with and understand their baby.
Philosophy on Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic therapy is about trying to understand and resolve psychological conflict and distress. Many people recognise the experience of finding themselves doing or feeling things they do not want to do or feel, and for reasons they do not fully understand. This is because our present patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating are largely rooted in past experience, much of which we may not consciously remember. During periods of crisis or loss – and sometimes for no immediately apparent reason – issues that have not been resolved in the past can resurface and cause distress. This is frequently the point at which people seek therapy.
Therapy provides a confidential space in which you can talk openly about your situation in a way that you often cannot do with family or friends, and in which we can reflect together on your experience and face the feelings involved. At times it may be necessary to face painful feelings in order to bring about a deeper healing. Therapy is not about giving advice or trying to cheer you up. What I aim to offer is the right balance of support and challenge - which may be different at different times - to help you get through the difficult times and to move forward.
Parent-infant therapy focuses on the relationship between parent and baby, observing the interaction to encourage the development of a strong and loving attachment.