What made you want to be a professional therapist?
The desire to be of service to people, to reach out to understand their world really guided me into becoming a therapist. From those who are really struggling with their lives to those people who just want to talk to someone and have their existence validated and nurtured.
When and where did you train?
I began training in creative movement therapy in twenty five years ago and studied in London, Paris and South Africa working with children and adults. A person centred training with dynamic influences of movement and life. I then did a Masters in Movement Psychotherapy in Bristol, an Integrative approach stemming from listening to what is going on for the client. I have an Advanced diploma in Counselling Supervision too which allows me to extend my work out to students and fellow therapists using the skills and knowledge from my training as well as my work with children and adults with learning disabilities for many years.
What kind of people do you see in your practice?
I see people who are struggling in their relationships, couples who need help with their relationship; People with Autism, Mental health issues such as depression. Often-times people come for help with transitions such as menopause and career and also childhood issues. People struggling with existential issues and feeling their place in the world.
The stigma and discrimination that many people experience in relation to their difficulties can make life harder and on top of this the stigma around ‘having therapy’ keeps many stuck in their isolation. Reaching out for help is the wise thing to do.
What do you love about being a therapist?
I love the connections that are made and when the trust is built. I love just being human and working in the here and now. I love the micro moments of seeing a client feel, sense, know that they matter. I love the triad of the core conditions that allow the therapy session to be alive and I love making a difference in peoples lives that enable them to feel more fully themselves, others and the world.
What do you want people to know about therapy?
That you can learn so much about yourself in therapy and that for the time spent being really heard you are able to make the changes you need. You can talk about whatever you wish to talk about in complete confidence. You don’t necessarily need to have a ‘problem’ or a ‘difficulty’ but a desire to explore and learn more about yourself and your world. This idea that you will look bad or there is something wrong if you see a therapist is a myth we as a society need to dispel.
Life and relationships are not always easy and good for people because we have not experienced the fully flourishing and optimal conditions for living, for loving for thriving.