How I work?

Psychodynamic Therapy

This is the broad area that describes how I am trained and how I work. People often come to therapy not knowing what is wrong, but they know something is not right. I start by trying to get an idea of what brings you to therapy at this point in time. Having a better understanding of what is causing you distress or even breakdown can take time. This is where I can help.

Together we can uncover what is at the root of feelings or behaviours that cause problems for you or others in your life. In the process it can be helpful to think about how parents, caregivers, siblings and significant others have shaped you and continue to influence you to this day. As a therapist, I would encourage you to be interested in what is inside and what is outside of you. On the inside are your thoughts and feelings about yourself and others, that can cause distress. On the outside are the interactions between you and others, and situations you find yourself in. Where do your challenges lie?

Couple Therapy

Working with couples is an important area of my work. Couples come to therapy for different reasons. A couple may be in crisis or feel that there is potential in the relationship but they are experiencing difficulties that they need to address. As a couple therapist I aim to be a helpful third to enable a couple to become more aware of what happens between them, how they get triggered and how they react.

Couples can experience many challenges such as trauma and loss, problems with trust and infidelity. There may be issues of sexuality and gender. There may be breakdown in communication, loss of connection, unmanageable conflict, patterns that keep repeating themselves. Whatever a couple brings, my role as therapist is to create an environment where these issues can be thought about and talked through. 

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

This is a well-known model of therapy which is designed to help you understand what happens when your feelings overwhelm you.

DBT offers every one of us some very helpful techniques to notice when feelings start building up and to find other ways to manage them which go beyond exploding or suppressing feelings.

Mindfulness plays an important part in this type of therapy. To have some control over our feelings is empowering.

Mentalization-Based Therapy

So many problems can arise when we jump to conclusions too quickly or make quick assumptions about other people. This type of therapy aims to help you to read your own and others’ intentions and feelings better. It can help you to slow things down, to try and tune into another person better in order to improve relationships and be more effective in them. This is a structured therapy with a set number of sessions, but many of the techniques can be integrated into longer more in-depth therapy work too.