My experience

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 is 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 offering specialist in-patient care for individuals with complex mental illness, brain injury or dementia.

At present, I work as a professional counsellor in private practice with clients online and alongside my practice, I develop my research interests and writing around psychotherapeutic practice. In particular, I have specialist knowledge and experience in working with individuals who are experiencing family estrangement.

The sorts of things people may bring to counselling and therapy include:

  • Abuse (mental, emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Anxiety
  • 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
  • Depression
  • Difficulties from childhood e.g. adversity, abandonment
  • Family & relationship issues
  • Family estrangement
  • Life transitions
  • Living as an expat
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Panic attacks
  • Parenting
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • 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.