Philosophy

It can be daunting sometimes to pursue what you really feel will bring you well-being; to take a risk and override fear of the unknown – particularly if things in your past haven’t always gone to plan. It can be easy to lose faith in your abilities, and you may find it almost impossible to believe that life work out for the best.Paris par la fenêtre, 1913. Marc Chagall It might seem more sensible to stick in your present situation for the sake of stability or safety, even if it makes you unhappy.

Sometimes life rocks its own boat, with chance events resulting in change and opportunity. But most of the time it’s up to us to instigate the changes we wants to make. That’s a tough call at the best of times, but particularly when your thoughts are clouded by emotion, or you feel totally stuck in a rut. It’s not always something you can do alone . . . which is where therapy comes in.

Approach

Therapy is not something that is done ‘to’ you: it is a shared collaborative experience between the therapist, who can provide an objective and empathic perspective, and the client, who holds expert status on their own experience. I have trained in a number of approaches which can be helpful for different people. My skills lie in developing and tailoring the therapy—or combination of therapies—that work best for you.

Whether I’m working with individuals or couples, I try to put my true self into the therapeutic relationship, sharing my own life experience and insights where appropriate. Ultimately though, this is your space to recognise and overcome the barriers that are preventing you from making the best of the opportunities available to you.

Motivation

I trained as a therapist later in life, after realising that I needed to do something with more meaning, to be my best self and support others to do so too. That’s what drew me to therapy as a profession and is what keeps me doing it today.

I cherish the opportunity to get to know my clients, to share in the intricacies of their lives and the experiences that they bring to each session. To me it’s both fascinating and exciting to witness someone begin to see the world from a different perspective, and then to start effecting real changes in their life.

 

Image credits   Guggenheim Museum, New York