My 17 years’ experience of delivering psychological therapies has allowed me to truly embody and identify as both a scientist and practitioner; as a Chartered Psychologist specialising in relational Psychotherapy. This thread exists throughout my work and what it means in practice is that:

  • I tailor a therapy process to individual needs, in a way that is both formulated and spontaneous. This represents my belief in the importance providing both containment and space. In other words, allowing a flow for you to be heard while also holding a formulation or ‘case plan’ for therapy.
  • Providing therapies across different client groups and time frames has given me a particular ability to create an intensive synthesised approach which aims to facilitate both symptom relief and dynamic change, meaning that irrespective of the therapy time frame, I’m working to ease symptoms as well as attending to recurring patterns of relating, thought, feeling and behaviour. 
  • My experience in the University sector showed me the importance of developing psychoeducational material from the design and delivery of appropriate material in group settings depending on specific concerns, to tailoring psychoeducation in the therapy room, applicable to person’s capacity, experiences, and individual differences. 
  • I feel comfortable in simultaneously carrying out mental health, psychopathology, risk, and suitability for therapy assessments, as well as providing formulations for psychological therapy provision and progression, and referral onwards if applicable. 

Having a deep love for my work makes it natural for me to commit to my own evolution and longevity, and usefulness to all who access my services.  How I attend to my own fitness to practice goes beyond what is required in my professional code of ethics in terms of 

  • Continuous professional development responsibilities, where I’ve a particular interest in therapies that are adaptable, and provide accessible, understandable, gradual, and dynamic change.
  • Adhering to a personal daily and overall limit on client sessions, to maintain a consistent quality throughout my work. 
  • Serious commitment to my own growth and blind spots and what may interfere in being present in the therapeutic relationship.
  • Having two distinct Clinical Supervisors from different therapy traditions to maximise proficiency in my work.

This represents for me the seriousness and responsibility of which I take the investment placed in me by all who enter therapy, and who hope to be met with professionalism, competence, and integrity.

Testimonials

Below are some extracts from a communication I received following the end of therapy, and which permission has been given to include here. I decided to include them as I can recognise them as some of the very particular strengths of my work. 

  • ‘I learned to see all of my world so much more clearly. You taught me how to be in the being that I am. And to change into the being I was becoming’.

  • ‘You trusted me more and better than anyone ever had. In apprehending your trust, I became capable of trusting myself, even as everything in my feeling and thinking and seeing was changing – dramatically, churningly.’
  • ‘You listened so well and so carefully and so openly and so generously’.
  • ‘Your input into my life has had immeasurable, wonderful, yet un-enumerated and unfinished consequences. I am glad of that everyday’.

I’ve included a podcast recorded in an informal interview setting which may give a sense of how I think, and incorporate various themes on work life balance. 

“Sometimes what’s wrong does not hurt at all but rather shines like a new moon” Mary Oliver