A curious, open-minded explorer of hearts, minds and cultures, I thrive on gaining a greater understanding of myself and others. I enjoy practising yoga and mindfulness based meditation almost as much as taking my beloved little rescue dog out on a big walk.
The idea of existence and how to be in the world continue to be the most fascinating themes to explore as they include almost all aspects of life and affect all of us in a variety of ways.
The idea of choice and responsibility has been the biggest influence in my practice. The sense of empowerment that people feel when they understand that they can choose what to do with their feelings is always profound. Being able to let go of old patterns of thinking tends to be likened to the removal of shackles and a sense of freedom. This sense of freedom tends to be a two-edged sword - both a burden and a liberation. Taking responsibility for our feelings and actions means that no one but we are to blame, which can be as challenging as it is freeing.
I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.
Existential Therapy focuses on our subjective way of being here and now and the unique meaning we give to our experiences. In this approach, there is no right or wrong way of being. Instead, it's important to realise the power and responsibility inherent in our choices, the freedom to make new ones and the need to face reality, rather than try to escape from it. Existential therapy explores our unique responses to universal questions like alienation, despair, meaninglessness and mortality, but its ultimate goal is to help us live with deeper awareness, authenticity, courage, presence and awe.
Mindfulness is based on the Buddhist practice of focusing our attention on the present moment and responding to whatever is happening with acceptance, curiosity and openness. Mindfulness helps us learn to notice our thoughts and feelings without judging or identifying with them. In this way we can acknowledge and observe what's happening to us without reacting to it in self-destructive ways. Mindfulness helps us 'catch' ourselves before we get sucked down a rabbit hole of self-criticism and rumination. It has been found especially effective in the treatment of depression, stress and addiction relapse.
Psychodynamic therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious because they may be too painful for the conscious mind to process. These repressed emotions don’t go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to examine our current challenges at their roots, to make the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.
Weekly sessions at £85.