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I support individuals, couples and other partnered constellations in finding their way through life’s difficulties in the hope that their lives and relationships can become more joyful. Sometimes people contact me when they are overwhelmed with feelings of depression, anxiety or despair; and it’s not uncommon for me to hear distressing stories about trauma and abuse that people have suffered. But amongst the difficult feelings and stories, people are often hugely capable and resilient.

I am often moved by people’s courage, creativity and resourcefulness. There’s always more to people than the problems they face and I hope that our conversations can bring hope by making new possibilities visible.

What kind of therapy do you practice?

I trained in integrative counselling which means that I learned a variety of theories and tools which can be integrated differently to suit the needs of particular clients. The theories which influence me the most are systemic and narrative approaches, which focus on seeing people in their particular social and political contexts. I avoid pathologising people’s responses; by which I mean I don’t position myself as a medical expert in relation to you and I try to keep away from binaries such as healthy / unhealthy. What’s more important to me is helping you to feel a sense of agency in your life so you can decide which choices might suit you best. 

What happens in a session?

Unlike somatic coaching, counselling involves conversation without any touch. That doesn’t mean that we can’t explore what’s going on in your body or even try some breathing and movement exercises, but the focus of our sessions will be on talking. Sometimes people want to try tools that I suggest; other people prefer reflective conversation where I offer some of my thoughts. Together we can find the approach that works best for you. Conversations usually last for 50 minutes and take place once a week, but we can adapt this if you might prefer a different rhythm.

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