I am here
A nurturing relationship on your personal journey
A respectful and safe space to be
Finding compassion and healing wounds
Coming to terms with the trouble of life
Being more of who you wish to be
Discovering your own path involves a returning to yourself. Creating a regular space to meet with someone beside you involves a commitment and discipline to allow validation, healing and insight.
All About Therapy
Whether you are new to therapy or are returning you may be curious or uncertain about how psychotherapy might help you now. You may be experiencing difficulties, or wish to establish balance in your life, whatever your reason your questions are healthy and welcome.
Psychotherapy can be understood as a relationship with a professionally trained person who is able to accompany you on an internal journey where it is possible to explore and come to terms with the trouble of life and as a result find inner resilience, and self compassion. This is made possible through the creation of safety and trust in relationship that offers confidentiality and holding space for the gentle unfolding of personal stories. This enables a supportive exploration of sometimes difficult and painful emotions and can also unearth more joyous and positive memories that have sometimes been shrouded. I work alongside my clients in a collaborative manner and encourage the development of insight with self compassion to challenge overdeveloped shame, self critique and persecution that can be debilitating inhibitors of self development and confidence. I also encourage experimentation and exploration to enable clients to risk becoming more of themselves and to develop self authenticity and courage. I draw upon creativity, imagination, bodywork and mindfulness as a way of helping clients to develop connections to the self. I believe that expressing the self and communication takes many forms and is not limited to words alone.
Under strain, like any wound, old traumas can resurface if not given time to process. Body and psyche require space for integration and resolution, psychotherapy provides a holding relationship for this essential work.
I am curious about my clients subjective experience, making sense of how the body, mind and soul have come to respond in a particular way. It is common that people find themselves stuck, whether this is with a way of thinking, a pattern of behaviour, a body symptom, or a feeling state, such a depression or anger. I am interested in understanding my clients from an holistic perspective. So rather than focusing upon presenting symptoms, or making diagnosis and finding a way for the mind to control 'it', I believe that deep change is possible when all aspects of our self are attended to.
As well as listening to clients' stories or narrative, I also pay close attention to the way the human body responds to trauma whether past or present.
I am also interested in how the felt self can be known or related to, and finding ways to bridge the internal to the external world through self expression and communication.
Whilst I offer a 'talking therapy' I am aware that finding words to express our inner thoughts and feelings may not come easy, words and language may also present limitations for expression. So I am also interested in non-verbal connections with internal or unconscious processes. I am an experienced expressive arts practitioner using clay, sand tray, voice, poetry and creative writing to enable a deeper connection with the self and explorations of identity, relationship patterns and dynamics, and the creation of safe oases.
I believe our relationship to our body is vitally important. Our body is where overwhelming feelings take place. It is not surprising that many people wish to cut off from unpleasant or frightening feelings and attempt to control them. Designed for survival, humans have evolved with a highly complex and sophisticated system in order to manage the impact of threats to our safety whether emotional, physical, real or imagined. So people are very good at developing mechanisms that enable them to cope with daily life but unfortunately some of this methods get out of balance or become unhealthy or counterproductive. Threats to our safety can be experienced at any point in life from conception and may be remembered unconsciously in our body or triggered at a later date by similar sensory experiences. So work may also pay attention to the connection to and awareness of the body and in particular the ways tension or trauma may be held or communicated by the body as 'symptoms'.
Understanding the way trauma impacts upon the body is a major step towards managing fear, anxiety and panic. I encourage clients to become more attuned to their body through mindfulness exercises and 'focusing'.
With greater kindness clients are able to forge a relationship to themselves and their body and integrate new coping strategies that demonstrate self compassion.
I am also interested the way we are impacted by the legacy of trauma experienced by previous generations for example how values, beliefs, behaviour, and taboo become entrenched. I help clients to identify patterns and relational dynamics that may be stifling or impinging upon growth or harmony. Offering nurturing support and space to heal clients are able to recognise their role in maintaining a position of constraint and begin to develop confidence to make choices about becoming an active agent of change.
One to one confidential service. Coming to terms with the trouble of life.
This usually involves a commitment to a regular weekly session of 50 minutes on an agreed day and time. However what is important is the creation of a rhythm and routine pattern, so if a longer session, more or less frequent, is what is needed this may be discussed and agreed.
Psychotherapy is not usually time limited in terms of the number of sessions, but open ended based upon the process that an individual is engaged in. This often challenges the notion that change should happen within a set number of sessions or 'one size fits all' approach. However, sometimes it is helpful to include an agreed review session to focus and reflect on the process of therapy.
An agreement of the terms for psychotherapy is clarified between myself and each individual client based on a discussion.
Where do I begin and where do I end?
With every client I pay particular attention to beginning and ending the therapeutic relationship.
At the beginning I meet with a client for a shorter session. Rather than get 'into' the work the first meeting provides an opportunity to get a sense of what it might be like to work together face to face, a client is able to familiarise with the meeting space for sessions and for me to clarify and respond to any questions you may have about what you can expect, my approach, fees etc It is often helpful to consider and share briefly what brings you to therapy, and any previous experience. This is usually followed by a discussion to explore what might be needed and a way forward. If it is agreed that psychotherapy will begin we will discuss availability, day/ times/ venue. It is also a good time to provide any practical details such as existing support, next of kin, GP, medication etc.
Psychotherapy is not usually time limited but open ended based upon the process that an individual is engaged in. This often challenges the notion that change should happen within a set number of sessions or 'one size fits all' approach. A more formal written agreement for psychotherapy is made between myself and all clients based on our discussion. It is then the responsibility of both parties to raise any issues that may impact upon the therapeutic contract. For example for a client this may involve a change in personal circumstances/ finances where a conversation between us can explore what is needed.
I recommend that clients work towards ending the therapeutic relationship to explore what is evoked, bring insight into patterns of ending relationships and make choices about creating opportunities to end with consciousness.
A steady presence offering relational depth
I enjoy making meaningful connections in relationship and with nature. I have a deep respect for the environment, it is where I meet my edge in the way it challenges and nourishes me... ever changing. I enjoy wild swimming and new perspectives from climbing the cliffs, hills and mountains. I trust the cyclic nature of creativity, life, and death. I am interested in cusps of change and in supporting important life transitions.
As a mother I have become attuned to my body and gathered a deeper understanding of the lifecycle and developmental needs. I have also navigated the challenge of creating a life balance with my family.
You can expect me
To be reliable, authentic, to show compassion, kindness and care.
To accompany you in your sharing and provide a validating witness to old or new suffering.
Also to share in your awe, joy and pleasures that life also brings.
Training & Academic Work
MA Humanisitic & Integrative Psychotherapy with Adults (UKCP) : Bath Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Advanced Doula Training: Sacred Birth Pembrokeshire : Cultural rituals in Pregnancy & Baby loss.
Initial Doula practice Conception and embryology: Well Mama Wales Pembrokeshire
Post graduate Certificate Arts in Therapy in Education: Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, Islington, London.
Post graduate Diploma Youth & Community Studies: College of St Mark & St John, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon.
Trainer: Addaction; Substance Misuse & Mental Health.
Private Psychotherapy Practice @ The Natural Therapy Centre,The Fold, (eco & environmental centre) Bransford, Worcestershire.
PrivatePsychotherapy Practice @ CHHC Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre, Cheltenham
Group work & One to one psychotherapy @ Perinatal Psychiatric Team, Studdert Kennedy House, Worcester.
Mental Health Placement @ Acute Mental Health, Worcester Royal Hospital, Worcester.
As a registered member of UKCP I adhere to the governing body's ethics and principles.