Qualifications and way of working
How I work
The main theoretical models underpinning my work are the Person-Centred Approach and Gestalt Psychotherapy. In this model I provide an accepting space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings. At the same time I gently challenge self-protective patterns that have been set in place to protect the self at an earlier stage in life but which may now be restricting your capacity for a more rewarding style of relating. I use what is happening in the moment in the therapeutic relationship as a means to understanding these dynamics more fully so as to bring about deep and lasting change.
I pay attention to the context within which client issues arise and are maintained – this may include family, on-going and prior relationships, work related issues etc. In this context I am also interested in our place in the natural world, a place to which we are forever connected through the simple acts of breathing, eating, drinking etc. I work with clients in the outdoors in local natural settings if they wish to do so.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves…
( From ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver)
I have my own clinical supervision on a regular basis and also have counselling to work through my own issues, all of which support me in being as available as possible for my clients.
•I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (click here to visit www.psychotherapy.org.uk). To achieve this qualification I trained for four years with the Northern School of Psychodrama.
•I hold an Advanced Diploma in Psychodrama.
•I hold an Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, a qualification which entailed another one year’s full time training.
•I have also trained as a trainer in the ‘Natural Change Project’ which aims to bring about deep change through our connection with the natural world.
I abide by the Code of Ethics of the UKCP.