I have worked with adults and adolescents within mental health services for the past 10 years with clients who have presented with a wide range of emotional health needs. My work mainly focuses on relational difficulties, for those who may have experienced early traumatic experiences, and for either interpersonal relational difficulties or experience low self-esteem, low self-worth and have a limited sense of who they are and uncertain of their aspirations in life. I have also supported and worked with those experiencing eating difficulties, difficulties managing emotions and also with those experiencing anxiety or depression.
I aim to build a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship and am always inspired by those who can share their personal difficulties. I like to work alongside the person, working together to help them gain insight and bring a new sense of hope to help them make change in their lives and consider together what feels important to focus on during the course of therapy. Ultimately, the aim will be to help the person to become their own supportive guide and to help them to continue on the road of recovery once therapy eventually comes to an end.
The Models I Work With
I am a cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist. Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) tends to be a time-limited therapy, ranging from 16 to 24 sessions but this can be adapted to the person’s needs. CAT is a relational therapy and we will work through three stages of therapy, firstly, helping to make sense of earlier experiences, and as a child what you did to survive when there were limited choices and resources available. A personalised letter and a diagram of those familiar patterns will be given around session 4-6, this will reflect on what has been discussed and what the focus of therapy will be. The middle stage of therapy involves becoming more aware of those familiar relational patterns with increasing awareness, change becomes possible and also to consider what could be done differently or what to let go of. During the middle phase of therapy I also draw of a range of other approaches to suit the clients needs, such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. The final stage will be continuing to work on change, developing healthier patterns and this will also involve taking time to working through the ending of therapy because this bring up a range of emotions which can be discussed and worked through in therapy.
Training and Qualifications
- Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist, 2019 UKCP accredited
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Up to Speed, 2017
- Behaviour Family Therapy, 2017
- Intensive Relational Skills in CAT supervision, Association for CAT (ACAT) 2016
- Cognitive Analytic Therapist 2013 – PGDIP, ACAT
- Mental Health Studies (Mental Health Practitioner Training), PGDIP 2008
- Sociology and Social Policy, BSC Econ Hons 2003