I am a qualified Family & Systemic Psychotherapist with over 25 years’ experience working in the NHS and a variety of other settings. I am a member of UKCP and the Association of Family Therapy. I am also a trained Mindfulness teacher.
My therapeutic approach is relational, compassionate and collaborative and I am keen to create a secure base to begin therapy and to help people feel safe and comfortable.
I have vast experience of working with families, couples and individuals in different settings, contexts, ages and life stages; whether in a relationship or separating; whether parents or not, working with diverse constellations of families and relationships, working inclusively, holding positions other than heteronormative and gender normative in mind.
Family and Systemic Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach offering a range of psychological interventions for individuals, couples, and families, designed to help people make changes in their thinking, patterns of behaviour, and understandings; to relieve distress, improve the quality of their important relationships, and make positive changes in their lives. Fundamentally having a strong sense of social justice and equality is at the heart of my ethics and practice.
I pursue approaches, methods and techniques that fit families, individuals and couples whilst making me accountable in delivery, coherence and helpfulness, using a kind, compassionate, non-judgemental and anti-oppressive stances that prompt continued feedback and self-reflexivity. With this in mind I like to integrate a few minutes of guided mindfulness meditation at the beginning and end of the session. This can help ground and enable people to be aware of how they are feeling and thinking before and after, in order to note any differences if any.
I have specifically worked with couples and families within a Specialist Family Eating Disorder Service and independently working with whole family system, subsets and individuals over the course of treatment/family therapy. I have a wealth of experience working with individuals, couples and families within the LGBTQI+ community.
My clinical work is orientated towards developing effective therapeutic engagement with high risk young people, from diverse backgrounds, all of whom are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties and complex bio-psychosocial challenges. My long work experience has given her a huge amount of exposure to a range of complex situations such as child and adult trauma, acute and chronic mental and physical health.
I can help with issues such as:
- LGBTQI+ Counselling
- Therapeutic support for families, couples and individuals dealing with eating disorders
- Trauma and attachment
- Bereavement and loss
- Uncertain times in relation to health and diagnoses
- Conflict, stress and communication
- Supporting family members through parental divorce and separation, facilitating and supporting the process of parental shared care
- Understanding experiences of discrimination, social isolation and marginalisation
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