Philosophy

I believe that all people are innately creative and clever. Through our unique experiences in life, we have responded creatively and cleverly to survive and adapt to our situation and our lived history.

As children we may have withdrawn and hid, or ran, or fought, and we developed any number of techniques for survival of our selves – our sensitive feeling selves, and our physical selves.

Psychotherapy aims to help us feel more content and to enable us to act with more freedom in our day to day life. The goal of psychotherapy is to ease our pain and suffering, and to move towards more contended and appropriate feeling, thinking and behaving.

I work from a psychodynamic perspective and where appropriate, include the somatic, or internal body awareness. This means we will explore how your body informs you and our work.  “The body never lies!” and it is an essential dimension to be included in psychotherapeutic work. I may suggest some gentle movements to help to explore further what you are feeling inside. Collaboratively we will explore how the reactions of your body connect to your experiences by sensing them, and perhaps finding some words to inform us.

I am trauma trained and work with gentle, safe methods:
It is not necessary to be re-exposed to traumatic memories in order to heal from them. The aim of trauma informed psychotherapy is to create a safe ‘now’ and a hopeful contented future for you to move towards.

I work from a humanist perspective. This means that I believe that throughout our life we can consciously choose to continue to develop to be free flowing feeling beings with the ultimate goal of self-actualisation. This is a process which finds freedom and flow to help us cope with the pain and angst in our lives, bringing us to get to really know and love ourselves.

Humanism Self-actualisation (or self-realisation), is a process of self discovery which leads to increased freedom in feeling, thinking, living and loving.