That the unexamined life is not worth living has been a guiding principle all my life. My interest in how we function and in trying to understand the often complex and multifaceted factors that stop us from doing so, was stimulated by the discovery of the work of Freud, Jung and Reich as a precocious and probably rather annoying adolescent. This was well before I decided to go further and obtain a Psychology Honours degree at Goldsmith’s College. The study of psychology contributed to greatly enrich my understanding of psychotherapy.
This was furthered still by the experience of being, first in psychodynamic therapy for a number of years and later, during my post-graduate training, in Existential therapy for an additional three years.
After a foray in the study of Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and a professional involvement in the art world, I returned to my original passion and qualified as an Existential Counselling Psychologist at Regent’s College, following a three-year post-graduate course.
I have a wide range of interests, including a passion for literature and the arts. In my work as a Counselling Psychologist I keep an open mind and pay close attention to new developments and current debates in the field. So although my professional stance is informed by existential- phenomenological and cognitive behavioural principles, I am flexible and ready to adapt my way of working to each individual client’s needs. It is therefore of fundamental importance for me to keep widening my knowledge and understanding of other therapeutic frameworks.
My interests are in Cognitive Behavioural principles and ideas and in particular in the more recent developments such as Schema Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (I hold qualifications in both). The latter is also related to my practice of yoga and meditation.
My interest in the effects and treatment of trauma has also led me to obtain a qualification in EMDR, recommended in the NICE guidelines as an effective short-term trauma intervention.