I have been working for NHS mental health services in the UK for over eight years now. 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. 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 an open dialogue-informed approach.

 

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).

 

Some people have asked me if I will be able to help them?

That's something you are only likely to find out if you give it a try. It's really important for you to decide whether or not my way of working is for you, and also whether or not you feel comfortable working with me. That's why an initial meeting can be helpful. Suffice to say that most people who decided to work with me said that they did take something away from therapy that seemed helpful to them.

*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.