After graduating from University with a degree in Psychology I spent a year travelling and climbing mountains in India and Nepal. I returned to London and began working in a women’s refuge, a safe space for women and children fleeing domestic violence, as a support worker. It was here that I rediscovered my deep interest in the human psyche and how the mind finds ways to survive trauma. I went on to work as a group facilitator at the Arbours Therapeutic Community, supporting adults in a residential setting who had suffered early trauma and were living with a variety of psychological disturbances; chronic depression, personality difficulties and psychosis. It was during my work here that I began my training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the Arbours Institute. This is an organisation that was borne out of the 1960’s anti-psychiatry movement and believed in going back to seeing the person beneath the symptom and the diagnosis.
This way of thinking means a lot to me, there is no room for judgment in my consulting room, instead I try to help you to understand why you might be thinking or feeling the way you do. During my training I became especially interested in the early relationship between mother and baby and I completed an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at the Anna Freud Centre. This also entailed completing a year long observation of a new baby and her mother to help me further understand how a baby comes into being. I later took on a role at the Margaret Oates mother and baby unit at Hommorton hospital working with mothers and their babies on the inpatient unit. I worked closely with Psychoanalytic parent – infant psychotherapists supporting both mother and baby through this difficult time of hospitalisation and mental illness. I now work in private practice supporting individuals suffering from a variety of difficulties as well as working with parents and babies.
I offer psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to:
Coping with infertility
understanding one’s relationship to exercise, health and nutrition
Managing distressing feelings such as loneliness, sadness, grief, worry or depression
Life transitions – going back to work after maternity leave, separation/divorce, adjusting to parenthood
Difficulties with family, friends or work