BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Psychotherapy may feel like a strange endeavour but it is essentially a conversation aimed at fostering understanding of personal experience leading to greater appreciation of what might have led us to feel distressed. All of this is in the service and hope that a more creative manner of managing ourselves, others and life in general can be nurtured. I bring to my work a sensitivity to your experience alongside significant expertise in the field of psychology and psychotherapy.
I am a counselling psychologist and couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist and currently work as Head of Clinical Services at the Tavistock Relationships, formally known as the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) in London. Tavistock Relationships is a renowned centre of excellence in work with couples. Prior to working in London, I served as a staff member of the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey where I supported the training of practitioner psychologist. My work experience spans a wide variety of settings from school counselling to working with those experiencing emotional difficulties, burnout and the impact of unexpected life events as persons who have experienced relational abuse or suffer from characterological difficulties. I offer counselling and psychotherapy as well as marriage counselling in Kingston upon Thames and central London.
I am a full member of the the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as well as being a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am hcpc registered and my practice is recognised by all the leading insurance providers.
Following undergraduate studies in psychology and communications I undertook professional training in counselling psychology. I also qualified in family therapy and Gestalt (humanistic) therapy before undertaking advanced training in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I have a specialist interest in working with couples affected by significant psychological trauma and how gendered norms impact well being when these these hinder personal development, effectiveness and happiness. My doctoral research focused on the conceptualisation of relational normality in the practice of psychotherapy.