I am a Clinical Psychologist who gained my doctorate in clinical psychology at UCL in 1998 and have worked in the UK and abroad.
I work in the voluntary sector and in private practice, providing psychotherapeutic interventions for children and young people. I work with adults in my private practice and provide sandplay therapy processes for those wishing to experience this unique therapy or to go on and train in sandplay techniques.
I also work within school settings, attending multi-disciplinary meetings, providing supervision and meeting with parents or other professionals. Much of the work involves liaison and advice shared with family support workers, teachers, play therapists or social workers.
I provide long and short-term therapy for children, young people and adults who present with a range of difficulties such as abuse, trauma, bereavement, anxiety, depression or school-based problems.
I work using a psychodynamic model and am also a certified Sandplay Therapist. This psychoanalytical therapy draws on Jungian theory and I am the current Chair for the British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS). I have a particular passion for this way of working and the way in which sandplay increases emotional wellbeing particularly when dealing with issues around loss and trauma.
I utilise many other creative ways of working, whether it be through play, painting or clay and have also trained in the use of clay therapy as certified by PTUK (Play Therapy UK).
I am a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, the British Psychological Society (BPS), The British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS) and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy (ISST). I am registered with HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) and with BPS as a Chartered Psychologist specializing in psychotherapy.
Aside from my work, I have lived in many different countries since I was a child and as a result am often mindful of issues of transience, loss and identity within my framework. I love my cats, vegetable garden and have recently learnt to crochet!
Therapeutically I strive to create a warm and engaging therapeutic space, whether for adults or children, as Jung reminds us “Warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”