As a counsellor, I believe in the central importance of establishing a working relationship in which my client feels safe and understood and in using that relationship as part of the therapeutic process. I am also interested in exploring the influence of childhood and other past experiences on a client’s current difficulties and in working with the unconscious. This enables me to help clients understand themselves at a deeper level so that they can bring about long-lasting change.
I am doing an advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in order to be able to work with clients at greater depth. I am interested in a wide range of psychoanalytic thinking, including those approaches that are critical of classical Freudian or Kleinian psychoanalysis and of the discipline’s history of misogyny and of oppressing sexual minorities.
Being an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) means that, in addition to having completed a a BACP-recognised course, I have achieved high standards of knowledge, experience and development.
I feel fortunate to live in a city as diverse as London and enjoy working with clients from a very wide range of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. As part of my psychoanalytic training and my wider self-development, I am engaged in learning about the impact of institutional and societal discrimination, including racism, and reflecting on my position as a white, cisgendered and non-disabled man within this system.
I am a member of Pink Therapy, a therapy organisation that specialises in working with gender, sexuality and relationship differences. I am dedicated to treating every client with equal respect, whatever their sexual orientation, expression of gender or sexual preference.
I have worked extensively with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and with people affected by bereavement, including traumatic loss (e.g. as a result of suicide, very sudden illness or accidental overdose).
I am also experienced in working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, discrimination, stress, low self-esteem, shame, addictions, domestic abuse, relationship and intimacy problems, self-injury, suicidal thoughts and anger management.
- Diploma in therapeutic counselling, Mary Ward Centre