What to Expect at Your Visit
What to Expect & My Approach
Psychotherapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. Your 50-minute session will take place on a weekly basis and the work might involve:
Talking about emotional or relationship problems
Analysing past events and behaviours so that changes can be made
Assessing ways of thinking and feeling
Developing new strategies for coping
EMDR (click the 'EMDR' tab to find out more)
All of these elements can alleviate symptoms of distress and promote behavioural transformation over time.
I am experienced in both long-term and short-term work in various settings: NHS, Transport for London, charitable organisations and private practice. I have worked at length with issues of trauma as well as LGBTQ+ and BAME communities. I specialise in Integrative Psychotherapy (drawing on all schools of psychology), meaning that therapy can be tailored to suit clients' personality and needs.
I lean on Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Existential schools of thought and my approach is informed by modern evidence-based research that incorporates a holistic understanding of the body-mind connection. I understand that the therapist-client relationship is key to successful therapy, and must always contain the four key elements of comfort, clarification, encouragement and solidarity.
I am committed to creating a space for you that is accepting, where you feel safe enough to tell your story. I believe that it is precisely this acceptance that facilitates my clients in addressing their problems and urges them towards self-growth and emotional well-being.
My aim is to help you to feel empowered and secure in your relationships with yourself and others, to experience inner healing and to thrive in life.
Specialisms & Areas of Interest
Relationships & Attachments
Having previously worked with children, I have a keen interest in developmental psychology, especially with regards to attachment-related issues. I understand that even the earliest feeling-states can lead to long-lasting, devastating effects in adult life. These can include approaching relationships in an unhealthy manner or seeking damaging behaviours or coping strategies.
I am committed to helping people who have experienced either shock trauma or relational trauma as I understand how injuring these effects can be at a biological, psychological, and social level. I understand that trauma treatment must incorporate somatic experiencing to resolve trauma 'imprints', helping the body-mind effectively process, restore balance, and alleviate trauma symptoms.
I take a systemic approach regarding racial/cultural identity issues; these can only be understood within the context of dominant cultural systems that have historically shaped society and Western worldview. I have dedicated research to issues surrounding race and culture, specific to second-generation children from immigrant families and the impact of intergenerational trauma, socialisation and racialisation. This research addressed the disturbing and destabilising effects that being perceived as ‘different’ or ‘other’ can have on a person, especially throughout childhood. I understand that culture-clashes and cross-cultural differences can become inherently traumatic through marginalisation and oppression, which impact the individual's sense of self and safety in the world.
AdvDip Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology
MA Master of Arts (Award with Distinction) in Psychotherapy & Counselling – Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology
Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling – Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology
EMDR Practitioner Certification – EMDR Academy
Professional Coaching Certification – Boas Partners Ltd (Accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF))
Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner Certification (Classic Code) – NLP Academy
Accredited Member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Member of Association of Christian Counsellors
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Registered Member of EMDR Association UK