I am an Existential-Integrative Psychotherapist. I’ve worked in different mental health settings since 2007 and have been in private practice for 5 years.
My process of self discovery
When studying for my first degree (BA Philosophy) I grew interested in the works of the existential philosophers and writers. I read widely in the existential literature and found the ideas stimulating and relevant to many experiences and situations in life. When I decided to become a psychotherapist I trained at a school specialising in the existential approach. I gained an MA in Existential Psychotherapy; my training was a process of self-discovery and I was able to explore the field further.
I know how painful a bad relationship with food and one’s body image can be
My approach to psychotherapy
As a psychotherapist I draw upon my existential training and on the phenomenological method, which allows my clients and I to gain an understanding of their way of ‘being-in-the-world’. I also draw upon ideas from other disciplines within psychotherapy, and complement my practice with insights from these approaches.
The existential approach is a holistic approach, which takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s life:
- Physical – our relationship with our body and the physical environment
- Social – our relationship with the social environment, our interactions, how we relate to others
- Psychological – the way we are within ourselves, how our personal world feels to us, how we are in connection with our past and our future
- Spiritual – how we relate to the unknown
The existential approach is a holistic approach which takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s life.
My own experience of emotional eating
My interest in eating disorders arises from my own experience of ‘emotional’ eating. It took me many years of self-exploration to reach a place where I now feel content within my own body and I am able to enjoy food without feeling any shame or guilt.
I know how painful a bad relationship with food and one’s body image can be and I like helping others to get out of this circle of pain. An unsatisfactory / anxious relationship with food, and an unhappy experience of our own bodies, are complex issues, which can be untangled by looking at our whole experience of ‘being-in-the-world’ as a person.
DAYS I’M AVAILABLE AT WEIGHTMATTERS
Here are the days I can see you in person or connect with you remotely
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
Following my training, I have attended and continue to attend many other short courses, e.g. working with trauma, abuse, anxiety disorders, substance addiction, eating disorders, depression, psychotic states, postnatal depression, gay & lesbian issues, personality disorders.
- 2015 Therapeutic work with severely disturbed children – nscience
- 2015 C.G.Jung’s quest for Aurora Consurgens – The Guild of Pastoral Psychology
- 2015 Body-mindful presence: practical contemporary applications from integrative body psychotherapy – nscience
- 2015 Working with personality disorders – Greenwich MIND
- 2015 Marion Milner – Her work on creativity and its blocks – WPF therapy
- 2014 Attachment theory & close relationships – nscience
- 2014 Perversion: a psychoanalytic approach – nscience
- 2014 The psychodynamics of body dysmorphia – nscience
- 2014 Living and working with dissociation – PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
- 2013 Thinking about gender and sexual diversity – Greenwich MIND
- 2013 Reflections on betrayal – The Guild of Pastoral Psychology
- 2013 Psychosis – TCCR
- 2013 Unconscious psychological trauma – nscience
- 2013: Female creativity and the narcissistic wound – C.G. Jung club
- 2012 Chronic trauma and neglect – Greenwich MIND
- 2012 Exploring existential conscience in therapeutic practice – Authentica
- 2012 The intellectual plague of biologism – Inner Circle Seminars
- 2012 From stress to psychosis: how to prevent people having breakdowns – Human Givens College
- 2011 Bipolar disorder – Greenwich MIND
- 2011 Applied suicide intervention skills training – ASIST
- 2011 Dissociative states and child abuse – WPF therapy
- 2011 When mummy wants you to die: the role of infanticidal wishes in the genesis of psychosis – WPF therapy
- 2010 De-mystifying postnatal depression- Greenwich MIND
- 2010 Hearing voices – Greenwich MIND
- 2010 PTSD and mental health workshop – Greenwich MIND
- 2010 The heart of phenomenology – Society for Existential Analysis
- 2010 Effects of postnatal depression on child development – Greenwich Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 2009 Domestic violence/forced marriage awareness training – MIND in Tower Hamlets
- 2009 Existential perspectives on supervision – Society for Existential Analysis
- 2009 Catharsis in Antiquity- Association of Jungian Analysts
- 2008 Working with depression – MIND in Tower Hamlets
- 2007 Family transitions: learning from research and intervention studies- TCCR
- 2006 Training in Bereavement counselling – Lewisham Bereavement Counselling
- 2006 Community drug education project: Drug awareness training course
- 2005-2010 MA Existential psychotherapy & counselling
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
- UKCP registered
- BACP member
- UPCA (accred)
HOW I OFFER PSYCHOTHERAPY
I work with clients across the UK, and around the world, using Skype, FaceTime & Zoom. There is no need to travel, and you can feel comfortable in your own home. It is free to set up and simple to use, so why not give it a try?
I offer sessions in English and Romanian