I work in a holistic way, understanding that different things work for different people. This is important when choosing a counsellor you want to work with because all the experiences and intersecting elements of who you are need to be understood, respected and responded to in a non-judgemental way.
I practice as a counsellor in Kings Cross, central London providing face to face counselling, mainly on Thursdays and the rest of the time I am based in St Leonard's on Sea, East Sussex. From here I offer a mixture of face to face and online counselling using video and email options.
I know that beginning therapy is challenging and a brave step. Counselling requires a commitment in terms of time, money and the willingness to participate as fully as possible in order to get the best out of this experience, but developing awareness of self and the impact we have on there and them on us can be profoundly life changing and is worth the effort if life is not working for you in the way you would like.
I work mainly with individuals but see groups or couples who want to repair relationship difficulties for longer sessions that may happen less frequently. The method I have come to adopt over time and experience is a mixture of Lifespan Integration, Imaginal Formulation and Empowerment Work. I also believe that therapy is never purely an individual thing in the sense that we belong to and have been shaped by systems and events that we cannot control. That said, we can be agents of change in how we look at and participate in the world.
Lifespan Integration was created by Peggy Pace in the USA, bringing together important understandings about neuroscience, attachment theory and the way in which this operates when people are traumatised and become disassociated. It uses the repetition of a timeline, using a range of protocols to safely clear trauma energetically from the body and can often be a much quicker route to healing in this holistic approach. It is important to note that LI is quite a new form of therapy and research into its efficacy is mainly observational. More information can be found at www.lifespanintergration.com
This way of working draws on more arts based therapies and aspects of LI (above). Using symbolism, metaphor and the use of imaginative strategies to explore identity, attachment deficits, loss and emotional repair, using different art/narrative based media to strengthen a sense of self by reimagining and re-formulating one's life experiences. Often we can find ourselves stuck in particular ways of seeing or understanding what has happened to us, thus preventing the change needed to integrate trauma or adjust the scripts we have inherited so that they no longer dominate, but instead can be integrated alongside all our other experiences.
Empowerment is a thread running through all the therapy I offer. Empowerment comes from a need to survive and rebuild a strong sense of self from a base of feelings of worthlessness or disempowerment and oppression that may have always been present in an individual's life or have emerged after certain life experiences. Either way, I see this as coming from the unique relational work developing organically from what experiences you bring as an individual and the holistic approach I can bring to the therapeutic space.
I encourage feedback in sessions and will regularly check if counselling is helping and if there is more or less of something that would make the process a better fit.