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My Approach

I have a systemic approach to counselling.  This means that I see individual(s) as part of a system of influences and experiences which have shaped the way that they think about the world and interact in relationships. Once we understand these influences we can work out which ones are beneficial and which we would prefer to let go of.

I also draw heavily on psychodynamic ideas in my approach to therapy.  This is about how we are unconsciously reacting to people and situations as if they were situations from our past.  It is hard to leave behind our past experiences and often they have been painful, involving loss and trauma.  Often the mere process of bringing these processes into our conscious awareness is enough to start the process of change.

My Story

I worked for many years as a qualitative researcher, initially working in business and subsequently running my own healthcare research company.  After 20+ years it felt time for a change.  As a researcher I have always been fascinated by what makes people behave in certain ways.  So in 2006 I retrained, initially as a psychologist and subsequently as a relationship therapist.

My interest in relationship therapy has developed as I've come to see that the most important relationship of all is the one we have with ourselves.  How we feel about ourselves determines how we interact with others and in turn affects the quality of our friendships and relationships.  Through my own experiences I was driven to understand what it is that makes relationships succeed or fail and to help couples and individuals understand more about how to have happy, rewarding relationships.

 

 

If you'd like to know more about me.....

If you'd like to know more about me or the way that I work then please, just send me an email outlining what would be helpful to know and I'll get back to you as quickly as possible.