My background and experience encompasses a variety of different mental health settings, such as crisis support, NHS services and charitable mental health organisations, where psychotherapeutic services and support was offered for individuals experiencing a wide variety of different problems and challenges in their life. In addition to this, I have experience within psychiatric settings and working with a broad range of diagnosis, such as complex trauma, PTSD, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. For the last 5 years, I have been in private practice alongside pursuing my research interests in psychotherapeutic practice.
The sorts of things people may bring to counselling include, but is not limited to:
- Abuse (mental, emotional, physical, sexual)
- Burnout and collapse of a professional function
- Bereavement and loss
- Conflict, anger and conflict resolution
- Coping with change
- Critical and punishing parents
- Current relationships at home or at work
- Difficulties from childhood e.g. adversity, abandonment
- Family & relationship issues e.g family estrangement
- Life transitions
- Living as an expat
- Mental health difficulties
- Panic attacks
- Relationship difficulties
- Self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness
- Trauma, including PTSD
- Work-related issues
All of these reasons, and more, may bring someone to therapy. However, you do not have to be in crisis, or on the verge of one, before choosing to seek psychotherapy. It may be that you would like support dealing with a life change, or are in need of support with a relationship difficulty, or have a specific event or problem you are facing that you would like to talk through with someone who is removed from your personal circumstances.
As a foreigner living in another country, I have experience working with other English-speakers living abroad and the particular struggles this can bring about. I have a particular interest and experience in working with individuals affected by childhood abuse and trauma, such as PTSD, and with complex relationship issues, such as family estrangement.