How I Work

I work with people (16+) on a variety of issues, in particular around relationships, identity, trauma, abuse and life transitions. You can look at my experience and qualifications for more on these issues and other areas I can work with. I work in-person from my therapy room in North London (N19) and online, and offer open-ended or time-limited therapy.

Approach

My approach is consent-led and non-pathologising. This means I will always check in with you before trying a certain technique / approach, afterwards to reflect on how it was for you, and regularly over the course of therapy; and I will not treat trauma responses, identity or choices as evidence of a mental health problem. I actively understand that different identities and lived experience will shape how we experience the world and my approach considers the impact of systemic oppression on emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. I trust and value your lived experiences and the understanding you make of it. I work in a collaborative, client-centred, identity affirming, intersectional and trauma informed way.

Collaborative &
Client-Centred

What we talk about and how we work together will be a joint discussion. Do you respond better to challenge, warmth, or both? Are you interested in focusing on the here and now, exploring your past, or a combination? Do you find silences useful for reflection or triggering? Our dialogue will be open and collaborative as we talk about where you want to be in your life, how I can support you to progress towards this, and what will help you get the most insight and learning from therapy. I value your autonomy and expertise in yourself, and will always meet you where you’re at.

Identity Affirming & Intersectional

I acknowledge, accept and welcome all aspects of your identity as a whole, with no expectation to justify yourself. I work holistically and know that it’s impossible to isolate any one part of your identity to understand your experience. I have a solid understanding of different sexualities, gender identities and relationship styles so you can explore your experiences, feelings and thoughts without having to do the groundwork of educating me first.

Trauma Informed
 

I will make space to listen to what helps you feel safe, physically and emotionally, and what I can do and not do that facilitates this and helps you feel most able to engage with therapy. By practicing in a consent-led way you have the control and choice for how to work together, as well as space to explore how it feels to talk about something or use a certain tool/technique. I will not pathologise your behaviours and will support you to find new coping strategies, if this is helpful.

Pluralistic, Integrative Therapy

I believe that no one therapeutic approach can address all client issues and that different tools, interventions and ways of working will work for different clients at different times, including during the course of therapy. As a pluralistic therapist, I draw from a variety of theories and practical techniques depending on what resonates with you. Some of the ideas and approaches that influence my practice include person-centred therapy, attachment theory, relational therapy, gestalt, emotion-focussed therapy, narrative therapy, and creative and experiential techniques.

 

I am dedicated to my own personal and professional development, which I achieve through courses and workshops, reading, discussion groups, and my own reflective practice. I have also been in personal therapy at several points in my life, so understand both the benefits and challenges it can bring. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (#384236) and work according to their ethical standards.