Welcome to my new website. I am an Analytical Psychologist and Psychotherapist working in London and in Surrey. Appointments are available for Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Psychotherapy and for Dream Analysis.
I am a very experienced psychotherapist, I have worked with individuals within the National Health Service and in Private practice since 1994 and am a Senior Jungian Analyst, a Training Analyst and a Supervisor.
I have travelled extensively and studied different religions and cultures and have considerable experience of working with people from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures.
Empathy, warmth, compassion and non-judgmental support are probably common to all talking therapies and my approach is tailored to the individual needs and circumstances of each person. Each person is unique, and so is their healing process.
I offer face to face short term and long term therapy and use FaceTime and Skype. My goal is to provide help and support during stressful and difficult times. When we meet we can discuss what you need from therapy and how best we can work together.
It is well known that talking about emotional difficulties can be very cathartic, a confidential space where there is time to reflect. In addition to just feeling better and experiencing improvements in troublesome symptoms, psychotherapy and dream analysis aim to find meaning in the symptoms and suffering. In that way, a person can learn about themselves, enabling growth and maturity so the suffering has not been in vain. Human distress and suffering, becoming unwell can often be a deep conflict, exploring and understanding such conflicts has a remarkable healing effect
I am a member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists IGAP and a member of the worldwide community of Jungian Analysts through the International Association of Analytical Psychologists IAAP. I am a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis CPJA
I am also registered with The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy UKCP who
My background has always involved patient care, my original training was in medical physics, working in Radiotherapy & Oncology and then in Nuclear Medicine using unsealed isotopes both diagnostically and therapeutically. I studied at Kings College London and worked for over ten years at both Kings College Hospital and Guy’s Hospital where the groundwork for my therapeutic training really began. Throughout this time I witnessed immense suffering as well as the joy and relief that healing brings
After working in Medical Physics for over ten years I needed to widen my knowledge so I decided to study Psychology, Religion and Anthropology at Lancaster University in preparation for the lengthy training to become an analyst.
While in the north of England I spent time visiting residential patients in Ridge Lea Hospital, one of the old asylums before it closed to be replaced by care in the community. While there I had access to the archives, a unique opportunity to learn about patients who had been incarcerated for decades, many suffering from schizophrenia and some with psychotic depression. I gained invaluable experience throughout my time there, regularly interacting with inpatients and observing during the weekly outpatient clinics including specialised abuse clinics.
When I returned to London I entered the programme of preparation to become a Jungian Analyst with The Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists, IGAP.
Analytical Psychology is the unique contribution of the Swiss Psychiatrist Dr Carl Gustav Jung. He and Sigmund Freud were pioneers in our understanding of the human mind using dreams, which provide the most valuable treasury of information about ourselves. The dream was known as the via regia, “the royal road to the unconscious” because of the immense value it provided in treating patients during this pioneering work. Working in this way, with the focus on one’s dreams provides an enriching and life-enhancing experience offering invaluable new insights.
My clinical placement was at Guy’s Hospital working in the York clinic and Munro Centre under the supervision of Professor Jim Watson and Dr Bernie Rosen, two eminent psychiatrists at that time. I worked under their expert guidance for three years learning about psychiatry and time-limited psychotherapy seeing patients with a wide range of problems.
In addition to the academic rigour an important part of the training to become an analyst is to undertake a personal analysis, or training analysis, which involves inner work to learn about oneself, physician know thyself! This work is of immense importance and I was very fortunate to work with both John Costello and the late Dr Anne Maguire. A master analyst, specialist physician and Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Maguire was a pioneer in psychosomatic medicine and a most generous and brilliant teacher. Her immense respect for unconscious processes and spontaneous happenings were a delight. She referred some of her patients to me and taught me about psychosomatic medicine so that over the years I have seen many people with various skin complaints which have responded well to a psychological approach to their condition.
World Health Organization.