What I can help with

Current problems

All of my work is underpinned by my interest in the impact of childhood experiences, historical family issues, social and cultural issues and diversity on self esteem, relationships at home and at work, identity and psychological wellbeing.

I provide counselling and psychotherapy for people who come to me with many different problems including:

  • anxiety and depression
  • low self esteem
  • perfectionism
  • self harm
  • body image distress
  • eating disorders including bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorder
  • cultural issues
  • identity issues
  • relationship problems (at home and at work)
  • loss and grief
  • addictions

Past issues which affect the present

Past experiences often play a part in the development of the problems listed above. You might be unaware of, or be struggling to acknowledge, the extent to which your past is impacting on you on your life now. Many experiences such as,

  • childhood trauma
  • emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • neglect and abandonment
  • attachment issues
  • historic family and childhood issues

affect psychological wellbeing and can play a significant part in the development of your problems.  I am experienced in helping clients explore their past,  helping them make sense of how this has impacted on the way they are now and enabling them to make lasting change.

Special interests

Whilst the past events can be a source of many of the issues described above, how we think, feel and behave in our current lives keep us stuck in patterns that do not serve us well in our current lives, thus perpetuating the distress.   I have a particular interest in, and experience of helping people understand and working towards positive change from the relational and behavioural problems that arise in people’s lives as a result of their past.  Some examples of the problems that might arise include:

  • current family and relationship issues
  • domestic abuse and domestic violence (perpetrator and victim)
  • offending behaviour – I have particular experience of working with male offenders at a category C male prison

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