It takes a lot of courage to seek therapy. You may feel unsure about whether you’re doing the right thing for yourself or your child, that is a very common feeling and one that is understandable. There is no one size fits all in therapy, the most important place to start figuring out what might be helpful is by listening to what you have to say, in your own words, with openness and curiosity. As we start to get to know each other then we can work out together which direction you want to go in.
What I like about CFT is that it isn’t rigid and prescribed, there is flexibility to find what fits each person. It is also really important to me that we work from a place of common ground. As humans, we all struggle at times. However, by using the principles of CFT and utilising our courage, we can move towards what causes us difficulty and find a path through.
I have a lot of experience in working with children, young people and families, however I welcome working with people of all ages. I offer CFT for a variety of difficulties, such as recent or historical trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, self-criticism, shame, self-esteem difficulties, relationship difficulties, self-harm, bereavement and many more. I run Compassionate Mind Training to groups of young people and also to parents. I also offer training and staff support to organisations such as NHS teams and schools. I am currently training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which I will use alongside CFT.
Post Graduate Certificate- Compassion Focused Therapy
Nursing and Midwifery Council- Mental Health Nursing
I initially attended an introduction to CFT for shame-based difficulties in 2015, after which I started using CFT in practice. I went on to complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy at the University of Derby in 2018. I have attended workshops on using CFT to enhance practitioner resilience, an embodied inquiry into compassionate attachment and compassion focused staff support training. I have been having monthly CFT focused supervision since 2017. I have attended conferences, a retreat and completed a lot of self-directed CPD around using CFT in practice. I am also committed to self-practice/self-reflection using a CFT model and have a regular compassion focused personal practice.