I originally trained as a psychotherapist with the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and some years later completed a doctoral programme in counselling psychology with Middlesex University. Psychotherapy and counselling psychology complement each other, and enable me to provide an integrative approach to therapy tailored to each client’s individual needs.
Although I make reference (home page and above) to being an integrative practitioner, meaning that I utilise learning from each of the main schools of psychotherapy (Humanistic, Psychoanalytic, Cognitive, Behavioural & Gestalt) it is the Humanistic school that I principally draw upon, and, within this school, the existential approach that I most widely apply.
Existential psychotherapy and counselling focus on the givens of being human. An overview of these givens follow:
Freedom: We are essentially free to make changes in our lives, though doing so can, at times, feel difficult. Counselling aims to help clients realise the options available to them and to make choices that meet their needs.
Isolation: Experiencing isolation is part of being human. Considering our sense of isolation can have a helpful impact upon how we relate to others.
Meaning: From the existential viewpoint we are encouraged to move towards what is meaningful. The counselling process aims to help clients work out what is important and meaningful to them.
Mortality: Facing the reality of our mortality can help us to realise what is important in life. That is not to say we should dwell on our finitude, rather just be accepting of its inevitability.
As a fully trained supervisor and group facilitator, I also spend time supporting fellow professionals with their private practise, as well as run tailored group therapy programmes in the Bristol area. Away from clinical work I lecture at differing institutes, research and publish within the field of neurology, and deliver papers at specialist conference.
Finally, my interest in neurology has also encouraged my training in disciplines that appreciate the maleability of our brains, that is the way in which our brain's neurological structures can change over time as a consequence of the experiences that we have. To this end I am a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, have completed an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) training programme, and appreciate the benefits of engaging in mindfulness and meditation.
I would always advise that clients seeking therapy choose appropriately qualified practitioners. I am a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered psychotherapist, a British Psychological Society (BPS) registered chartered psychologist, and a member of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Please go to the links page on my website if you would like to find out more about these governing bodies.