Clinical Director, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Energy Psychotherapist
B.Ed (Joint Honours), PG Cert Psychodynamic Counselling (Oxon), PG Dip Psychodynamic Practice (Oxon)
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I hope that a little information about me will support you to know whether I feel like the right therapist for you...
I have worked in the field of mental and emotional health since 1997, initially in education settings and later as a service manager within the education system and the charity sector. In 2007, I completed my first psychotherapeutic qualification leading to the establishment of a thriving private practice.
My approach offers that 'mental health' presents as a spectrum on which we all exist, (as does 'physical health'). We move up and down this scale, dependant on what current and historic challenges we have. Understanding and attending to our emotions puts us in the best possible place to feel good. The counselling process responds to individual needs in order that we go beyond just resolution of the problem, to finding the very best version of ourselves. I established Centre Therapy, as a central part of Centre Oxfordshire to offer this support through different modalities.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their codes of practice, ethics and continued professional development. Further information on the BACP can be obtained here.
There are many different therapy models, and if you're not familiar with counselling it can be hard to know how to choose the right thing for you. I offer a free consultation where I give general information about how to find a therapist based on your needs. I also share more specifically how I might work with you, and what you might expect to experience. After this initial 40-minute session, you should have a sense of whether I'm the right person for you to work with.
I work with adult clients of all ages and backgrounds, and adolescents aged 15 and over. I offer both long- and short-term work.
I predominantly work face to face but in exceptional circumstances, therapy may be offered via video call, telephone or email.
I specialise in two forms of counselling:
Put simply, this means that we think about your current situation/problem/symptom, your past experiences and the counselling relationship to understand more about the root cause of unhappiness or distress.
We uncover thoughts and feelings that have thus far possibly been hidden to us, offering a new or different perspective. This insight enables different choices and allows a leaving behind of old patterns and beliefs that are no longer useful to us.
A 'good fit' between therapist and client has the greatest impact in counselling. Psychodynamic therapy has this relationship at the heart of the work.
Therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes long, on a regular - usually weekly - basis.
In addition to core psychodynamic work I may, if appropriate, also offer Energy Psychotherapy (EP). EP uses a number of techniques which quickly and directly support emotional release. For this reason, it is especially effective at releasing trauma.
EP methods are also very powerful in triggering the relaxation response, and so is very helpful for reducing anxiety and stress.
EP understands that emotions are held in the body's energy systems. It uses a combination of traditional talking therapy, self-tapping on specific areas of the body and breath work. Whilst initially feeling quite different to talking therapy, clients tend to experience a rapid and significant shift in how they feel.
Energy Psychotherapy has attracted huge interest due to its efficacy and, with the introduction of NICE guidelines, some NHS trusts are now offering this.
For more information on EP, visit energypsychotherapyworks.co.uk