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
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.
- 2020 – ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Training 1
- 2020 – ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Training 2
- 2020 – EMDR Therapy Skills (1-3) and EMDR Therapy Skills For Trauma – Advanced Training
- 2019 – Trauma And The Body
- 2019 – Working With Relational Trauma
- 2019 – Dissociation And Dissociative Identity Disorder
- 2019 – SEDIG (Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group) Conference, SEDIG
- 2018 – EMDR Therapy And Mindfulness
- 2018 – Working With Critical Incidents. Prepared Not Scared
- 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 member
- 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
LET US EXPLAIN HOW WE CAN SUPPORT YOU
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