Therapy Approach and Getting Started
Passion for the Possibilities and Potential of therapy
Work through difficulties, increase self-understanding, obtain relief from distress with Face-to-Face or Online Therapy
Transactional Analysis is the main theory underpinning my work. This is a theory which can help us understand how we become who we are, and how we grow and change during the life course. With its focus on how people develop and change, it is a theory which can be used very effectively in psychotherapy and counselling to help work through difficulties in relationships or situations, to increase understanding of ourselves, and to gain relief from symptoms such as anxiety and depression. However, Transactional Analysis, also includes a relational depth theory which can be useful when deeper emotional change is needed.
I am also interested in the ways in which anxiety and depression emerge from having a sense of separateness or isolation and from difficulties in relationships, either in the present or in the past. These may not always be conscious, but might be held in the unconscious mind.
One further factor contributes to my approach: a passion for the possibilities and potential of psychotherapy and counselling. From a personal perspective, engaging with regular, ongoing psychotherapy has been a life-changing experience. It led to my training and development as a psychotherapist, a very personal transformation, and a commitment to sharing the opportunities for self-understanding and change that can emerge through a therapy process.
Experience and Professional Practice
I currently work in private practice (both face-to-face and online) with individuals and couples. Therapy can be open-ended (for an indefinite period, the time frame worked out according to need as the therapy proceeds) or for an agreed number of sessions. We can discuss your particular needs when we first meet.
Previously, I worked at a Women’s Centre in Lancashire (for three years) where I provided psychotherapy and counselling under the umbrella of the NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative. Here I provided short-term therapy within an eight-session therapeutic model.
Qualifications and Professional Recognition
I am currently completing Advanced Clinical Training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, as part of working towards accreditation as a Certified Transactional Analyst and achieving UKCP-Registered status as a Psychotherapist. I adhere to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Code of Ethics and receive regular supervision according to UKCP guidelines.
I am also a Certified Cyber Therapist and Certified Cyber Facilitator with the Online Therapy Institute and a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)
Areas of Special Interest
I have a particular interest in anxiety. In particular, how feeling separate (isolated, alone) or connected (in relationship) can have an impact on levels of anxiety. You can see more about how therapy can help with anxiety on the Anxiety Page
I also have an interest in how relationship and connectedness can be maintained at a distance. Online relationships can often be seen as 'second best' but in our increasingly technological society they are becoming distinct and significant kinds of relationships, and ones which also contribute to anxiety levels. Please see my Online Therapy Page page for more details about online therapy.
A third area of interest is in the psychological aspects of pain. I work with people who suffer from migraine and other chronic pain conditions, and hold an understanding that pain can often emerge or worsen following periods of emotional distress. Visit the Migraine Page for more information about how therapy can help if the management of pain is your primary concern