Psychotherapy for adults based in Duxford, South Cambridge
Here to Listen
I am an attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and arts therapist offering psychotherapy for adults. I have been working as a therapist for over 24 years and am registered with UKCP, HCPC and BACP. I have 2 Masters degrees related to therapy and have trained other therapists for over a decade, lecturing both at Cambridge University and at the Institute for Arts In Psychotherapy and Education, London. I currently examine and supervise trainees as well as teach and supervise experienced therapists.
I am also a child and adolescent psychotherapist and so have a great deal of experience in helping parents and families.
If you are interested in therapy for your child then please see my other website: http://www.cambridgechildtherapy.com
The therapy I offer is grounded primarily in a safe, trusting and confidential relationship which we build together. From this secure vantage point we can then look together at what may be troubling you and find ways forward. Many of us may not have experienced such a relationship in our lives and it can be transformative. To feel truly heard and accepted non judgementally, in all our aspects, may provide a new perspective on ourselves and our lives and enable us to know more what we need and want.
As I am also a qualified arts therapist I offer the opportunity to work with images. Sometimes how we feel may be difficult to describe in words. This does not mean you have to be good at art or see yourself as artistic. Rather, through looking at art images such as those on a postcard, listening to a song or music, placing symbols in the sand tray or working with dreams, we may be able to understand a feeling or an issue in a new way.
Attachment based therapy believes that as human beings we are born neurologically wired to connect with other people and that it is within the context of safe, secure and trusting relationships that we most thrive. Psychoanalytic and attachment based therapy has this relational focus, placing the relationship with the client and the therapist at its heart; it looks both at current and past relationships, to discover how they may be shaping our lives and particularly the issues which may have brought us to therapy. Why we come to therapy may not necessarily at first appear connected to relationships in our lives past or present. What often becomes evident however is that the relationship we have with ourselves, such as with our thoughts, feelings, desires, worries and concerns may be a source of difficulty for us. Looking at this relationship together offers a route to transformation.
I am a member of The Bowlby Centre in London. You can find out more about attachment based psychotherapy through their website. https://thebowlbycentre.org.uk/psychotherapy/
We begin with several assessment sessions (up to 3) to enable us both to get a sense of what I offer and if it feels right for you. We may then contract for open ended ongoing work together which means we do not start with an end date in mind. How long people come for very much depends on their circumstances in a practical sense and also what is needed. Some people may come for several months, others for much longer. Sometimes seeing each other 2x per week can feel helpful too, however that is not for everyone. You are very much a partner in the process so we work out these things together as they evolve.
Each session is 1 hour long. The first initial session is £70. We discuss at this first meeting fees for ongoing sessions.