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I am an Integrative Transpersonal Therapist who works in private clinical practice at Trust Therapy, East Sussex, alongside which I am a clinical supervisor with CRUSE Bereavement Support (Hastings and Rother).
I have specialised in Bereavement Therapy as a Therapist for the NHS with St Michael's Hospice (St Leonards on sea), and I have experience in working with trauma, abuse, severe and enduring mental health, and Neurodiversity within my private clinic and at various organisations, including Butterflies Children’s Therapy, Sensory Soft Play, (Hastings) for Special Educational Needs children, CRUSE Bereavement Support, JHD Counselling, and Place2B Children’s Mental Health Services.
At the core of my method is the integration of psychodynamic and humanistic approaches, and I offer Psychotherapy and Analysis, Hypnotherapy, and Creative / Expressive Arts as therapeutic interventions, which are underpinned with a Jungian, psychoanalytic framework. For example, together we may consider dreams, stories and story-telling, creativity, play, visualisations, somatic (bodily) experiencing, breath work, plus, an exploration of metaphor and symbology, with a view to promoting a deepened sense of self, relational understanding, and healing, all of which contributes to the provision of individually tailored, jointly agreed, treatment.
I am a Professionally Accredited member of The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and a trainee member of the UK Council for Psychotherapists, I work ethically in accordance with the NCPS and the UKCP Ethical Frameworks, I am fully insured, and I comply with professional supervision and data protection requirements.
Before beginning the therapeutic journey, I offer an initial telephone consultation of approximately 15 minutes to identify your needs. This also helps to establish the best way of working for you and to identify what you would like to achieve throughout your journey.
Although I predominantly work with long-term clients in deep therapy, treatment can be brief (normally 6 weeks to 12 weeks), dependent upon individual choice. Session 1 is an Assessment, to ascertain your individual needs and how best I can support you. Sessions last 50 minutes.
My philosophy is based on ‘trust’ and building a comfortable rapport, in a professional, safe, empathic, and non-judgemental environment. In such a way, together, we can carefully explore how you experience and relate to the world, yourself, and others, essentially unearthing what contributes to your dynamics of existence and human condition. In other words, relationships with self, others, personal histories, and the world are fundamental to the therapeutic journey, and on your road of self-discovery I hold your hand as we travel together towards the light.
I offer a welcoming and inclusive environment, and work with respect and appreciation of individuality, whilst honouring and understanding individual differences. Within my practice there is an openness, trust, and safety, where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviours can be freely explored and discussed. In such a way, I affirm cultural humility and the dignity, worth and value of all individuals, whilst nurturing their growth and development.
I believe everyone is unique and, therefore, my approach is informed by individual need, as we work collaboratively, organically, and flexibly in a congruent and mutually respectful way.
As a client-centred therapist, I provide a safe and confidential space, within which I enable and empower the client, whilst supporting and guiding you towards self-reparation and personal growth.
I undertake informal reviews throughout the therapeutic process to measure how the client is feeling about their therapy and their personal process, and to work out what they might need in order to achieve their therapy goals. I invite clients to offer feedback, which assists me in developing and maintaining quality practice for all:
Personal understanding and empathy of ourselves and others can help us to heal, and is part of the therapeutic journey. However, before therapy it can be helpful to consider what has brought us here at this time in our lives and what it means to us to have taken this brave step.