MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy
Further Professional Development
SPTI - Counselling Young People 5 day workshop
BACP Private Practice Conference - Relationships: Why do we bother?
ESTD - Trauma Association and Attachment in the 21st Century
The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute - Research Showcase
Sir Richard Bowlby - The Legacy of Attachment Theory
PODS - Working with Relational Trauma
Jeremy Holmes - The Clinical Imagination
Professor Paul Gilbert OBE - Compassion focussed Therapy for Depression
Rosemary Langford-Bellaby - Working Creatively with Anger
Dr Phil Mollon - Understanding and working with adults with ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Traits
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such, I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Areas of Specialism
I have a particular interest in attachment theory, neuroscience, relational psychotherapy and mindfulness and their capacity, when tailored to individual needs within the therapeutic relationship, to treat a range of difficulties. Within the area of attachment I am especially interested in the concept of an internal secure base, its impact on mental well-being and the possibilities for acquiring this through therapy.
Attachment Theory which originated in the work of John Bowlby has shown the importance of secure parental presence and foundations in forming a secure sense of self and stable ongoing identity. Without the experience of this early secure base, insecure, anxious and avoidant attachment styles can develop and lead to difficulties in relationship, such as feeling isolated, or clinging to relationships that mimic the insecurities experienced in early life. The impact on the way we feel, think and act can be profound. The research dissertation for my masters degree studied the experience of an internal secure base developed in therapy.
I also have an strong interest in the possibilities for engaging with the power and purpose of the teenage brain. Neuroscience has shown us that due to brain plasticity at this time there is a huge opportunity for the growth of new neural networks - especially exciting given the possibilities for the development of an 'earned' secure base in therapy.
I believe that in developing a genuine, secure, relationship together in therapy it is possible to find a way forward that is right for you as a unique person with your own individual experiences, beliefs and needs.