Psychodynamic Psychotherapist – Co-founder of ChAT Services
Qualification and experience
I am a trained, qualified and an experienced psychotherapist working with children, adults, older adults and couples in different sectors: private and public sectors, charities and private practice, since 2006. This has given the opportunity to work with people from a very diverse background with a wide range of age and issues, including but not limited to: eating disorders, psychosomatic conditions, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships as well as gender issues.
My approach to therapy
During those 13 years, I have been blending my skills in psychology and psychotherapy working mostly from a psychodynamic model which means helping you to understand and resolve difficulties by increasing awareness of your inner world and exploring how this influence relationships both past and present. Therapy helps you gain awareness of unhelpful patterns of thinking in a non-judgmental and safe environment so you can understand and change them. Getting awareness of these deep-seated patterns helps reducing symptoms and thus reducing distress. I believe that the experiences we encounter in life and our personality shape how we use emotions to defend against pain/anxiety and how we relate to the outside world. The work is about understanding obstructive patterns (i.e. defenses) in a collaborative way between the client and the therapist and through this achieve long lasting change. I truly value and understand diversity as my clients come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.
Current work and interest
In the recent years, I have extended my training in working with older people and the issues that arise from that age range such as the effect of dementia on the client and their families, as well as bereavement and loss. Currently I am training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy – DIT which offers an in depth insight to the root cuases of a person’s difficulties through a time limited approach (16 sessions).
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Adults, children and teenager’s therapy
- Parental guidance and counselling
- DIT – Dynamic Interpersonal therapy
- Couple’s therapy
- BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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