I trained as an existential psychotherapist at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London. I am in private practice close to Mere, West Wiltshire, and before that I have practised abroad as well as in the UK. My route to psychotherapy has been varied. I started as a registered nurse and later specialised in midwifery. I have worked with drug addicted mothers and their children. I have lived in several developing countries where I worked in refugee camps and poor rural communities, specialising in children with special needs. I am used to working with people of different cultures and nationalities. My specialist qualifications include a BSc degree in psychology and social science, an MA in psychotherapy & counselling, a Certificate in Supervision & Training and have recently qualified in EMDR. I have TIR training, a Certificate in Supervision, have studied alcohol and substance abuse at the Institute of Family Therapy in London and have attended workshops on child psychotherapy. I am a member of the BACP and UKCP registered and am bound by their code of ethics.
Existential psychotherapy has a philosophical base. It is a way of understanding and seeking some clarity about where a person is in their world. There is a commitment to having an open mind, and to being non-judgemental and receptive about issues which may have arisen. There is no attempt to place people into categories: they are considered as individuals, in their own individual way. It is recognised that life can involve anxiety due to circumstances, impermanence and uncertainties; and that sometimes it is necessary to search to fill up emptiness. Existential therapy seeks to help people come to terms with the ups and downs of life and take things in their stride. The aim is not to change people but to enable them to become truthful about themselves, to widen their perspectives and to take responsibility for their life. Quick solutions may not necessarily be possible. By the client and the therapist working together the therapy helps people view themselves and the world, take in lessons from the past and, using the present as something of value, look forwards to the future. It has been said that life may be understood by looking backward but must be lived by going forward. My work with clients is face to face and strictly confidential. It may be long term, time limited or short term and can be with individuals or couples. It may concentrate on a particular issue or be more general. It provides an opportunity for clients to be listened to in secure surroundings, away from the everyday rush, to untangle knots and confusions and to deal with the problems of living. The issues may involve depression, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, self harm, anxiety, bereavement, or any of the dilemmas which may arise in our lives. The need may be to come to terms with a painful situation or to search for greater understanding. There are times when we need to confide in someone, to talk and be listened to. The sessions can at times be difficult and uncomfortable, but also rewarding. They reflect the challenges of life and may help towards using those challenges in a constructive and positive way.
Monday - Friday: By Appointment