I have more than fifteen years professional experience working with a wide variety of clients in a confidential and therapeutic environment. I have trained at The Institute of Psychosynthesis and The Society of Analytical Psychology and am a registered Member with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
Therapy is a private and safe space, non-judgemental and tolerant where you can speak about the difficulties you are facing. Where you can learn to speak freely about whatever you are thinking and feeling in the moment. Throughout the course of the therapy we will work together to identify and understand what is troubling you, and we will attempt to explore the hidden layers of the mind that may be contributing to these problems. It is alongside commitment and hard work, and the deep listening and reflection that the therapeutic space can provide that you can find what you will need to bring about the changes you so desire in life.
Sometimes we experience certain behaviours and patterns that no longer support the life we want for ourselves. We may wish to find ways to speak about and process difficult experiences in order to come to terms with trauma and loss. We may have an underlying feeling that something is ‘not quite right’, or experience obstacles in our quest to make real our dreams. Whatever difficulties you find yourself facing, psychotherapy may be able to help you find ways through challenging and often overwhelming times towards a steadier sense of yourself; towards an inner strength, self-control and self-respect.
About Psychosynthesis & Analytical Psychology
Psychosynthesis is a psychology of hope with its eye not only on the past but also on a purposeful future giving individuals the capacity to reorient their lives in the direction of meaning and values. It is a therapy that works at both the level of personality and soul helping you to gain a deeper understanding of your past, to know yourself more and to trust your own feelings and thoughts. Psychosynthesis embraces bringing meaning to our struggle and acknowledges our new beginnings.
Analytical Psychology is the term that Jung gave to his particular form of psychotherapy. Fundamental to Jung’s view of the psyche was that the mind and the unconscious could largely be trusted, and that it was all the time attempting to assist the individual; in this way he saw the psyche as self-regulating. Jung thought that even problematic symptoms, such as anxiety or depression, could be potentially helpful in drawing the individual’s attention to an imbalance in the psyche, for eg. if someone becomes depressed perhaps the way they are living their life means that they are not following a path that is natural and true to their particular personality. He understood this as being due to the purposive nature of the psyche. Jung also thought that the way that we see ourselves (our ego) is limited and that modern man has become cut off from his true, instinctual nature. He thought that we need to listen to ourselves and to come to discover who we really are and what we really feel. He came to believe that we need to be guided by what he called the self, which is an unconscious sense of the personality as a whole, an archetypal image of the individual’s full potential.
The elements of the self which have not been integrated into the conscious personality Jung called the shadow. These elements are sometimes in the shadow (and the qualities and functions are denied or disowned) because we feel they are unacceptable. These might typically be negative, or destructive parts of the personality like aggression or envy (although Jung would say that all aspects of the personality, light and dark, are necessary for the personality if it is to become whole and well-grounded). For other people it might be the vulnerable, sensitive and loving qualities that are denied – and that our particular family or culture will have a strong influence. In summary, Jung felt that the individual needs to pass beyond their immediate everyday experience and come into relationship with the self, which is sometimes experienced in a numinous and awe-inspiring way. This can be a transformative experience for the individual and one that moves their centre of gravity away from petty, personal self-centredness towards a broader view of themself, more in touch with and related to other people.
- anxiety, fear and panic
- self-destructive behaviours/self-harm
- relationships and conflict resolution
- managing life transitions
- spiritual crisis
- stress, and preventing burnout
- living with chronic medical conditions
- loss and bereavement
Memberships & Qualifications
- PG Dip Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (Middx University & The Institute of Psychosynthesis)
- PG Dip Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Middx University & The Institute of Psychosynthesis)
Types of Therapy
Frequency of Sessions
Individual £70 per session
Couples £100 per session
We will take time to discuss a suitable ongoing appointment, fee and any other admin related issues during our initial meeting(s).
Occasionally I can offer a reduced fee (for daytime appointments), and I also offer a reduced fee for counselling and psychotherapy trainees.