Passion for the possibilities and potential of therapy
A therapy to help work through difficulties, increase self-understanding, or obtain relief from distress
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.
I adhere to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Code of Ethics and receive regular supervision according to UKCP guidelines. 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 am also a registered therapist with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)