Before I trained to become an integrative psychotherapist I worked in Animal Welfare/Conservation and in Advertising both in London and then in the USA. I volunteered with a "Mothers At Risk" programme where I gave emotional support to vulnerable new mothers. This and becoming a parent myself gave me a particular interest in transgenerational trauma and the challenges of parenting. While in Boston I was also involved in an innovative programme run by Harvard which used Mindfulness to support women with fertility issues and I also studied with a Boston based Whole Health Education programme. These experiences led me to choose to train to become an integrative psychotherapist at the Minster Centre in London. It is one of a very small number of training institutions that honours the positive impact on our mental health that attuning to our body's communication can have.
My personal approach
Integrating the body and mind is part of what makes me an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. My training also means that I can incorporate into my work a number of other therapeutic theories and models of how we can understand ourselves, and our relationships to other people and the world at large. I can work psychodynamically, with attachment theory and trauma. It is a bit like my having different maps to guide us on our journey together and this enables me to adapt my way of working so that it makes sense to you and feels comfortable and appropriate for you as an individual. For example, if you want to explore your past to understand your present then we can do that together but if you would rather stay in the present, then we can work that way, too.
Above all, I believe we all need and deserve respect and recognition. Sometimes we can pathologize ourselves or allow ourselves to be pathologized when in fact, in my experience, our so-called self destructive feelings and behaviours are simply parts of ourselves that have been dismissed or forgotten or suffered trauma (see Symptoms of trauma) and who are now trying to be heard and recognised. As your therapist I would be there with you to help you listen and reconnect to these parts of yourself that have got lost along the way. This can be done through simply talking and being in a safe and respectful and colloborative therapeutic relationship with one another. Bodily symptoms and sensations and physical impulses are also forms of communication that, when we listen, can help us understand or remember what our minds, on their own, sometimes cannot. So if you feel comfortable and curious about connecting to yourself in this way then I can facilitate the gentle and gradual process of being mindful, noticing yourself, your feelings and your body's sensations.
However we choose to work together, first and foremost I believe in the importance of helping you to feel safe and to build inner resources such as compassion for yourself in order to support you on your journey.
It is a privilege and an honour to be someone's therapist. I continue to learn from and be inspired by the bravery, insight and tenacity of everyone I work with.
I hope this information has been helpful to you. If you have any further questions, then please don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to hearing from you.