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 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.