I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist, and also hold a qualification in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling. I trained for six years to gain these qualifications, and have been seeing adult clients in a variety of services since 2010 to offer psychotherapy and counselling. I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I work primarily from a trauma-informed and relational perspective, often using an embodied approach to talking therapy. I use psychodynamic, attachment, and intersubjectivity theories to work with clients. Working from an integrative perspective allows me to tailor my approach to each individual person.
Experience in non-therapeutic roles within mental health support services greatly informs my work. It also maintains my awareness of the client's experience of mental health service provision and surrounding factors. Therefore, I understand the importance of respect, autonomy and kindness in delivering a therapeutic service.
I welcome enquiries from: men, women, those who identify at other points on the gender spectrum, and those who reject it completely. I offer a LGBTQIA+ affirmative service, in addition to working in a way that welcomes persons from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds (including working with Interpreters).
I am able to assist with a wide range of personal difficulties around mental health and wellbeing, including: depression, anxiety, personal development, personal identity, relationships, and trauma. My specialist skills are in supporting people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.
Much of my skills in this area were gained through the creation and management of two community-based third sector specialist psychotherapy services in Leeds for female-identifying people with severe and enduring mental health needs (offenders, and survivors of sexual violence).
Thus far I have several years of experience in writing, speaking, and delivering training about mental health, trauma, and sexual violence so that practitioners and the general public are more informed about these topics. For examples please see the bottom of this page, and my blog.
I believe the process of psychotherapy is about getting to know one's self more consciously, both as an individual and as someone that exists within relationships, groups and social structures. Knowing more about yourself can help to make choices about your life, and the important things in it. You can also make these choices with more confidence to better fulfil who you are as a person. It can also help you resolve past experiences that are stopping you from moving forward in your life.
Your first appointment with me is an initial meeting. This is a conversation between the two of us which will help me know more about your past and present experiences, what brings you to therapy at this point and what you would like to change. This also allows us to consider whether what I have to offer is suitable for you.
You can take the time to decide whether you are ready for counselling/psychotherapy, and whether I am the right person for you to work with. The relationship between you and your Psychotherapist/Counsellor is primarily what moves the work forward, and therefore simply thinking about whether we can work together is an important first step.
For further information please have a look at the boxes below, click here for the FAQs page, or contact me.
- MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (Metanoia Institute)
All trainings undertaken at the Metanoia Institute are validated by Middlesex University.
- Member of UKCP (Humanistic & Integrative College)
- Member of Metanoia Institute
Creating & Co-Ordinating Specialist Services Alongside Delivering Psychotherapy & Counselling:
- Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL)
- Together Women Project Leeds
Psychotherapy and Counselling:
- Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services (BSARCS)
- The Tuke Centre, York
- NHS Psychology & Psychotherapy Therapy Service Leeds
- Women's Counselling & Therapy Service Leeds
- University of Bradford Student Counselling Service
- University of Leeds Student Counselling Centre
- Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service
Observational Work & Clinical Team Support:
- Clifton House Low Secure Forensic Service, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Intensive Community Services, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Crisis Assessment Service, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Project Management & Administration:
- Complex Trauma Therapist's Network (CTTN)
- Freedom from Torture Yorkshire & Humberside
- Leeds Mind Wellbeing Service
I have experience in working with a wide range of difficulties, including:
- Trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual violence
- Abuse (emotional/psychological, physical, sexual)
- Personality Disorders
- Personal Self-Development and Self-Identity
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- Visit my blog for discussions on psychotherapy, counselling, mental health, and a range of other topics.
- Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service: Understanding Trauma
- UKCP & Psychologies Podcast: Overcoming Sexual Violence
- UKCP for International Women's Day 2018: Working with Women with Complex Needs
- New Psychotherapist (UKCP publication): Specialist Psychotherapy is Vital for Women with Complex Needs
- Temenos Sheffield: 'Pre-Trial Therapy 101' and 'Working Outside of the Consulting Room'
- Against Violence & Abuse (AVA): Community of Practice for Women with Multiple Disadvantages
- Guest Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University on the topics of 'Sexual Abuse' (Psychological Therapies & Mental Health) and 'Working with People with Mental Health Difficulties' (Public Health Nutrition)