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I have been working as a therapist since 1989.
My professional and personal experience is that deepening our embodied presence brings peace, slowness, stillness and equanimity. A sense of embodying our power, of being able to be with all things as they arise and pass away, of finding creative responses to life as it unfolds in and around us.
This is why supporting and developing the capacity for embodied presence is a crucial part of how I work.
It is important to me that I offer a relationship that is non-judgmental, respectful and safe with clear professional boundaries. I see both support and challenge as essential parts of a therapy relationship. Therapy is a commitment, which requires courage and honesty from both client and therapist.
Often people seek therapy when they have got stuck in repetitive patterns of feelings, thoughts, body sensations and actions. Therapy is a process that enables clients to increase their awareness of these patterns and thus make their own choices about changes they want to make in their lives. As well as increasing awareness of the client’s patterns, as a Gestalt therapist, I help create opportunities for clients to try out new ways of being in the world.
I celebrate difference and enjoy working with people from a wide range of different backgrounds. I welcome clients from diverse communities and of different ages, genders, sexual orientations. I welcome clients of differing abilities, and am happy to discuss any particular access requirements you may have. My consulting room in Shropshire has full wheelchair access.
I sometimes work with clients outdoors. I find that the aliveness of the natural world can be an incredible co-therapist. Examples of working outdoors are walking or sitting outside while talking, sitting quietly and feeling the earth or connecting intimately and deeply with aspects of the natural world such as trees, plants, animals and rivers.
I am an experienced trainer and supervisor and an accredited Training and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI). I have been involved in teaching psychotherapy and counselling for many years both in the UK and abroad. Places I have taught include Manchester Gestalt Centre, (where I was part of the team teaching the four year training leading to UKCP registration for many years) as well as York Gestalt Training, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, Birmingham Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre and the Slovenia Institute for Gestalt Therapy.
I have a degree in psychology, an MSc. in Gestalt Psychotherapy and an advanced certificate in supervision.
bound by Code of Ethics & Complaints Procedures of:
UKCP (Accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist)
Disabled Access: Full access in Shropshire/Worcestershire and partial access in Birmingham