As an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, I am flexible and holistic. I tailor my work to you as a unique individual, in all aspects of your being: mind, body, emotions, and the spiritual or energetic dimension. 

My thinking as a therapist is strongly influenced by psychoanalysis, especially Jung, relational psychoanalysis and attachment theory as developed by John Bowlby. I believe how we think, feel and behave in the present is influenced, and can be dominated, by our past experience. I look for unconscious patterns and templates and aim to bring these into awareness so you can make more free and flexible choices. I also believe (and many research studies show) that the relationship with the therapist is the most important factor in a positive outcome from therapy and how a client relates to the therapist can mirror other relationships in their lives.

However, my way of working is different from traditional psychoanalysis in some ways. Here I am influenced by gestalt therapy and my more recent training in body psychotherapy, as well as the Jungian way of relating to clients. I focus on what is happening in the present moment in the therapy room and in your life. I will relate with you as a real person, as well as looking at how you are influenced in your relationships with me and others by projections and distortions from the past. I am prepared to share what I am thinking or feeling at times, if I believe it is helpful to you. As well as talk therapy, I bring in creative experiments and activities, including art, sand tray, dramatic dialogue, movement, posture, breathing, mindfulness and visualisation.

I have specialist training in eating disorders. With these issues, and in general, I have found integrating methods and research evidence from cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical psychology to be helpful. I also draw heavily on research into neuroscience , nervous system regulation, trauma therapy, and evolutionary biology.

I believe in the power of knowledge and information and to that end will bring in teaching where this is useful to you. For example, insights from brain science and evolutionary biology help my clients accept themselves and manage stress better.