UKPC Accredited, Full Member
Qualifications : MA Comtemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University
I have been working with people in therapy or life coaching for over 35 years. This has included people of all ages and with every issue imaginable. I have worked with adults and children, couples, families, and groups. At this point, nothing surprises me or is too ‘strange’ or difficult. I have worked in psychiatric hospitals, a day program, a residential treatment centre, emergency services, and in out-patient therapy agencies. I feel fortunate to have worked in so many different settings, learning something important from each one.
I earned my Master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in 1984 and have trained in many different models of therapy since then. This includes mindfulness, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, brief solution-focused, narrative, strengths-based, systemic family therapy, motivational interviewing, and more. While I am skilled in many different methods, I take an integral or integrative approach that knits them together and uses them in a way that I feel will be of most benefit to each unique individual.
Additionally, for 5 years I served as Executive Director for Windhorse Integrative Mental Health, Inc. in Northampton, MA in the US. http://www.windhorseimh.org/ Windhorse is a US nonprofit organisation that provides compassionate, home-based, whole-person care for those struggling with major mental health issues. This experience has given me understanding and many useful insights for working with people who aspire to fulfil leadership roles.
In May of 2008 I relocated to London from the US to marry a native-born Londoner. In September of the same year I opened my private practice. In addition to my private work, I am a tutor at the Minster Centre, which has been the leading institution in the UK for training in integrative psychotherapy since 1978. I have taught a “Foundation Course in Theory and Skills”, as well as a course on “Diversity” for second year students. In addition, I have facilitated two different Experiential Training Groups. Currently I facilitate 3 supervision groups for students who are seeing clients as part of their training.
How I work and my areas of specialism:
The foundation of my approach is to take a whole-person, integrative perspective. This means that I bring attention and care to 4 primary areas: body, mind, relationships and environment. A 5th area, depending on your interest, is “spirit” or spirituality. I find that this basic foundation provides a comprehensive way to recognise difficulties and challenges, as well as resilience and strengths. It also helps toward developing the means for overcoming issues and achieving desired outcomes.
I have helped people with the following kinds of issues
For psychotherapy to be effective it is important to maintain regular appointments. Initially this is weekly, but in time we might agree to meet fortnightly. I understand that sometimes there will be circumstance that can interrupt regular attendance. In this case, I require 48-hour notice or else the full fee for the missed session will be due. Sometimes a missed session can be rescheduled in the same week if I am available at an alternative time when you can come.