I am BACP accredited counsellor/therapist, having obtained a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2019) at the Minster Centre following 4 years’ training. I am in the final year of the MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Minster Centre, due to graduate in 2020.
Prior to my training as a therapist, I worked in health and social care: first in the NHS supporting people with chronic illnesses in an inpatient setting, and later for an LGBTQ+ charity, as a trainer for professionals working with young LGBTQ+ people, facilitating youth groups and support groups, and running workshops for young people on themes relating to mental health and wellbeing. As well as working at Spiral, I am a Specialist Support Worker for people with severe learning disabilities and multi-sensory impairment.
I have experience of working with issues including but not limited to: self esteem, trauma, abuse, health conditions and chronic illness, identity, sexuality, depression, anxiety, addiction, obsessive thoughts and compulsions, relationship difficulties, managing boundaries, questions about belonging, and feeling disconnected from oneself. I have a specific interest in questions relating to identity and diversity in its broadest sense.
My approach to therapy is integrative, meaning that I draw on a variety of models including psychodynamic, attachment-based and relational perspectives. What integrative therapy means to me, is that we can approach challenges from a variety of angles. We may for example use art, physical objects, or breathing and movement in our sessions in order to find ways to express and explore experiences which as yet feel wordless. I will work to create together with you an environment in which we can approach your experience flexibly and creatively, and in which you can feel able to bring your whole self without fear of judgment.
I believe that we all have the capacity to grow and flourish, and that accessing support and attending to ourselves is a powerful part of this process. Sometimes, we face aspects of our own growth which may require re-learning, and challenging beliefs and assumptions which may be long-held. This isn’t always an easy process. However, my experience is that therapy can offer an opportunity to open up new ways of being in the world and connecting with ourselves and those around us.
I work at Spiral on Fridays and in Haggerston E8 on Mondays. Fees: £50 per 50 minute session. You can reach me on 07814 791807 (9am-9pm, Mon-Fri) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.