MBACP (Accred.) MA. Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Making the decision to enter counselling or psychotherapy can often be a tough decision to make. I take a non-pathologizing approach to psychological well being and see clients as people experiencing normal reactions to difficult and often abnormal situations. Whichever difficulty you find yourself grappling with, you do not have to face it alone.
My approach is primarily Humanistic and integrative with elements of DBT, Mindfulness, CBT, and Psychodynamic therapy. I also offer EMDR therapy.
What this means in practice, is that my way of working involves seeing therapy as a journey of self-exploration and healing, and that my job is not to direct the process per se, but to help deepen your exploration by being with you in your journey, and highlighting any possible avenues that may be relevant based on my experience, knowledge, therapeutic theory and felt sense. Through this process, and through gaining a deeper insight and connection with yourself, you are then able to start to heal and navigate yourself though your difficulties in the best way for you.
Integration of other approaches and techniques is used for purposes of management and stabilisation, to bring clients back to a position of regulation where change and healing is then possible.
I offer a 4-stage process for working with traumatic symptoms and experiences:
This process is not necessarily linear, as stages can be returned to in different orders. What is important is that the techniques for resilience and grounding learned in stage one have been practiced successfully before moving onto processing/ coming to terms with traumatic memories.
I initially gained experience through working as a college counsellor alongside working as a counsellor for adults within a local charity. Since then, I have gained my experience through my private practices in Surrey and Central London before expanding into Guildford and now most of my work is based in private practice in Surrey.
I have worked with clients with both short-term and long-term agreements. Now, I primarily work in an open-ended manner (no set length of time) and trust the client’s judgement in the length of therapy required.
As a trauma therapist, approximately a third of my work is based on working with traumatic experiences such as sexual/physical/domestic abuse, PTSD, accidents, neglect and resulting disorders such as BPD and DID. The rest of my work is focused around more generic difficulties such as: depression, anxiety, addiction, anger and difficult stages of life.
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