I work for the NHS as a psychotherapist at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, and was the young person's therapist for teenage survivors of sexual violence and abuse at Survivors Network for the last 2 years. I have a private practice in Brighton, and trained at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). Integrative Arts Psychotherapy is essentially a relational collaborative way of working to facilitate our capacity to heal. I work with Attachment, psychodynamic theories, Gestalt, TA, and the arts, including the body to safely locate and integrate emotions
I have a trauma informed approach and am a qualified EMDR therapist for treating PTSD or the varying degrees of trauma symptoms; including panic attacks, sleep problems, feeling on edge or 'stuck', difficulties concentrating, avoiding related situations, and not being able to put events in the past. Within the hospital I have worked with many people facing life changing diagnoses or surgeries and surviving critical illness/ ITU. Trauma is often accumulative and sometimes people experience a 'last straw' moment after a number of events throughout life eg feeling vulnerable through illness, extreme stress, or a major loss. Realising these links and working through them clears the way for improving the present.
My experience includes working with a wide variety of diagnoses including bipolar disorder, personality disorders, PTSD, complex trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, self-harm, with those who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse, bereavement, with disability and core identity issues. I provide a safe space to explore present or historical issues, to look at specific problems, psychological patterns, or to manage life-changing events.
I abide by the code and ethics of HCPC and UKCP to ensure that professional standards are met. All work is confidential.