Whether you are looking for your own therapy or supervision, or thinking about training further, it may help to see the approaches I have studied or trained in and the theoretical and philosophical ground I come from.
Over time I have come to see that Life itself and our experience of living it to be intimately related in a continuous and (mostly)integrated and interwoven system, as I was fortunate enough to be born into a time when our gathering body of knowledge of life began emerging from its long history of Silo thinking.
I Graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology and Physiology at London University in 1969 and the fascination with life and its processes remain today and underpins my understanding of psychological processes.
In the early years (1987 -) I trained in Humanistic counselling,with The Centre for Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling in Taunton, then at the Bath centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, both one year courses.
Then a Foundation year in group analysis with the Institute for group Analysis.
A two year course in infant development through direct infant observation from birth to two years, with the Bridge Foundation in Bristol
I accredited as a counsellor with The Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners in 1993 and have served on its accreditation committee since 2008.
In 2000 I trained in EMDR, accredited as a practitioner 2005, then as Consultant in 2009. I took this training as I was disheartened by the difficulty that clients with severe and early trauma had in safely releasing the bodily held memories. I continue be inspired by the transformative power of EMDR.
I have also trained in Lifespan Integration* and taken an introductory training in energy therapy with Converging Streams *which included EFT AIT, TAT,PEP * ( Emotional Freedom Technique, Advanced Integrative Therapy, Tapas Acupressure Technique, Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy).
For many years I have been intrigued by working with ‘Parts” otherwise known as subpersonalities, ego states , inner objects etc and in 2018 I took the first year training in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) and intend to continue.
I have found that this highly integrated way of working with our internal and relational dynamics is not only effective in releasing emotional pain but in focussing on our deep inner self and enabling its huge potential to include and heal all parts of us, however dark or difficult they may be. IFS also integrates well with most other models of therapy as well as being complete in itself.
In amongst these more specific trainings I have taken short courses ,day seminars, attended conferences, read books, given talks and had endless conversations with colleagues, all in the context of the thread of thinking and exploration at the time, and still do. We are all living in a deeply interesting time for humanity with the advances in understanding ourselves and our place on the planet.