I worked for NHS mental health services in the UK for over nine years. First in a secure (forensic) setting, and thereafter in various psychological services settings, working primarily with older people, but also with adults of any age in chronic pain and in prison inreach services. Following this, I joined a therapeutic community outside the NHS as group psychotherapist. I have a particular interest and am trained in existential psychotherapy, which aims to help individuals:

  • take stock of their situation, their values and beliefs
  • successfully negotiate and come to terms with past, present and future crises
  • become more truthful with themselves
  • widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them
  • find clarity on what their purpose in life is and how they can learn from the past to create something valuable and meaningful to live for
  • understand themselves and others better and find ways of effectively communicating and being with others
  • make sense of the paradoxes, conflicts and dilemmas of their existence*

 

Within this existential framework, I am experienced in employing a wide range of ideas and ways of working, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focussed Therapy and narrative approaches. I also enjoy working with couples and groups, using both open dialogue-informed and Emotion-Focussed Therapy ways of working.

 

Although I had a longstanding interest in Psychology, I originally trained as an IT Specialist in software development and worked for an airline in Europe, helping to run some of their systems. I then studied Psychology and Physiology (Neuroscience) at the University of Oxford, and went to work in mental health services after a stint in systems biology (the computational and mathematical modelling of complex biological systems).

*The bullet points are from an excerpt of Professor Emmy van Deurzen's chapter on Existential Therapy in Dryden's Handbook of Individual Therapy, 2006.