MA Couple Therapy, PGDip Couple Therapy, AdvCert Psychodynamic Counselling
Issues worked with
Adoption, Aspergers, Attachment issues, Bereavement, Childhood abuse, Cultural identity, Drugs, Gaming, Abuse, Autism spectrum disorder, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Bipolar, Personal growth/wellbeing, Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Social anxiety, Spirituality, Insomnia, Loneliness, Physical health, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, ADHD, Personality disorders, Alcohol, Domestic abuse, Emotional abuse, Family issues, Fertility and pregnancy, Addiction, Anxiety, Bullying, Depression, Chronic or acute health conditions, Disordered eating, Anger, Grief, Parenting, Rape/sexual assault, Sexual identity, Sexual matters, Loss, PTSD, Phobias, Relationships, Self-esteem, Self-harm, OCD, Trauma, Gender identity.
Special interest areas
For many years I practised as a Relate couple therapist and supervisor. There and beyond I worked extensively with people in conventional and unconventional relationships such as kink, ethical non-monogamy, LGBTQ+, long distance, multi-cultural / racial and so on. For 13 years I also served as a university counsellor, working with young adults and academics. I also trained and practised as a supervisor. Since 1997 I have had the privilege of supporting therapists, supervisors, managers / directors and trainers. Practising in Cornwall connects me with many talented artists too. A parallel interest has always been working with people who are searching for their voice in areas such as gender, race, sexuality, roles, status, work, age, health, ability, neuro-diversity, spirituality, culture, politics, relationships and so on. It is a good reminder that therapists do not heal but work with us to heal ourselves. What you and I discuss in sessions is purely your choice and with your permission. Sessions are as dynamic or laid back as you wish them to be..
The most important learning of my 27 years as a therapist is that although the problems and symptoms that bring us to therapy are important, they are not who we are. Calming the symptoms can be helpful but the real work is in airing the dusty layers so the mind can breathe, make new connections and heal itself.
My experience as a therapist in public, charity and private sectors has allowed me to witness my clients’ sheer courage in addressing their difficulties. I continue to have the privilege of being alongside the people in my care, as they wade through the unknown and transform their lives.
It is my honour to explore and learn with you.