About

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I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist with a Masters Degree from Leicester University, I have trained in NHS secondary mental health care and in primary care IAPT services – psychodynamic therapy is ideal for people who feel that their symptoms of depression and/or anxiety connect in some way to their life history, to their relationships and their sense of self-identity or self-worth. My work is based on an in-depth exploration of how your life events have informed who you are, combined with a search for meaning and a deeper understanding of why you feel as you do today. Working with me will help you find the answers you crave and a way to make sense of your life and a way to move forward.

So how will this help you?

What we know is that depression and anxiety are closely linked to how we relate to others, how we see ourselves in our main relationships and how we feel about ourselves. Working psychodynamically with a trained therapist like me will involve building a therapeutic alliance where you can safely share your experiences, your feelings about your relationships and to explore new ways of thinking. Our therapeutic alliance will involve a period of supporting you through expressing your difficulties and acknowledging the impact they are having on you. It will involve looking at the things you do that get in the way of you living the life you want, and it will involve trying to work out or find other more adaptive ways of managing relationships, conflict, loss or change.

Therapy is a challenging but life changing experience.

It will involve you challenging the way you think, reflecting on your own part in your dilemmas and being prepared to try new ways of thinking. Therapy is not about being given the answers to your problems but rather, through the experience of a therapeutic alliance, to find understanding and meaning.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy Leicester University
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy – short term treatment for low to medium severity depression and/or anxiety
  • Long term psychotherapy training in adult mental health in NHS secondary care
  • Short term dynamic interpersonal therapy training within primary care NHS IAPT service
  • Institute of Group Analysis foundation in group analysis