I began my journey in mental health co-facilitating support group work with the mental health charity ‘Mind’ over 15 years ago. After completing further training, I then worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for organisations in the charity sector for just under a decade. I have worked with adults, groups, couples and young people (aged 13+). Outside of independent practice, I work for the NHS in Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust as a Psychological Therapist in their Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team, providing intensive support at home for individuals experiencing an acute mental health crisis.
Asking for support can be an incredibly challenging first step; so we don’t need the search for the right support to be an additional complication. Sadly, this can sometimes be the case in todays world. With the health care system and the different therapies on offer, often we can begin feeling like we are in a maze and it can be hard to know where to start or what is most suitable for what we need.
I aim to take a transparent and simple approach about how we might work together and what you can expect from a therapy relationship with me. You know yourself best, and I will work collaboratively with you. Coming from a medical science background, I am keen to use evidence-based approaches and ensure I stay up to date and informed of recent research literature and NICE guidelines.
I draw from therapy modalities often used in the National Health Service such as Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills frameworks to work actively with you. My initial training and my heart is humanistic, so I apply these ideas in a person-centred way: most importantly, treating you as a human individual, with kindness and compassion from my own place of humanity, and adapting what we do to what will work for you.