Before our first meeting, I recommend we have a brief telephone conversation to discuss what has brought you to seek therapy, how you hope therapy might help you, and any previous interventions you may have received. There is no cost associated with this initial phone contact and you are under no obligation to engage subsequently - I am happy to discuss other treatment options and services that may be more appropriate.
If, however, you feel comfortable to proceed, we will make an appointment for a further consultation where we can discuss your difficulties in more detail.
Initial consultation/ assessment process
This is an opportunity to explore the issues troubling you in more detail and to establish a focus for therapy, should you wish to proceed. It can be helpful to meet for a number of appointments to allow sufficient time to develop a preliminary understanding of the difficulties you are experiencing, to determine whether you feel comfortable working together, and to reflect on your experience of our meetings in between sessions. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. At the end of the assessment period I will share with you my understanding of what we have discussed and we will think together about the best way forward. This may lead to ongoing therapy sessions or signposting to alternative services where appropriate.
You do not need to be referred by your GP or any other healthcare professional.
Face to face sessions
Following the assessment period, if you decide to engage in therapy with me I will suggest a block of sessions and then a review to monitor our progress. Sessions are offered at least once weekly for an agreed time period, or on an open-ended basis.
I work with diverse presenting problems including, but not limited to:
Eating problems (not severe eating disorders but we can discuss alternative provisions)
Medically unexplained symptoms, chronic fatigue/ME, chronic pain
Grief and bereavement, adjustment disorders
Unresolved childhood issues, attachment issues
Interpersonal difficulties, relationship issues, personality disorders
Infertility, miscarriage, donor conception, adoption
Sexuality, LGBTQ+ related concerns, gender dysphoria
Pregnancy and birth, pre and post-natal depression and anxiety
School, university, and work-related stress
I believe disorders such as severe eating disorders, alcohol/drug addictions, schizophrenia/psychosis, or neurological disorders are best managed by a comprehensive multi-professional team. As such, I do not provide treatment in my private practice for these issues.
Phone and Online sessions
Consultation and therapy sessions can also be offered by telephone or online via Zoom.
I am able to offer supervision to both trainee and qualified psychologists, face-to-face sessions in my consulting room, or remotely by telephone or Zoom. I have extensive experience working clinically in Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Care NHS Services, and have offered supervision, consultation, and reflective practice to psychologists and General Practitioners (GPs) in previous NHS employments. My preferred theoretical approach is psychodynamic and my supervisory work focuses primarily on the therapeutic relationship and dynamic processes occurring between the clinician and client.