I provide individual psychotherapy and conduct psychotherapy groups as a group-analyst. I qualified with the London Centre for Psychotherapy in 1984, and been in continuous practice since then. I was awarded an MA in 1998 in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I retired from the local NHS Psychotherapy service in 2019 after more than 20 years' service.
I bring an empathic and analytic attitude to working clinically with individuals and groups. I think that much of the repetitive and longstanding mental pain of people is deep-seated. I help individuals acquire insight to help organise suffering rather than try to eliminate quickly everything that impinges on everyday living. My intention is to introduce the individual to a process of change after periods, perhaps a life time, of repetition and ennui.
Psychotherapy and group-analysis seek to replace tumultuous, overwhelming feelings and longstanding symptoms with personal insight and understanding, which in turn bring an increase in self-confidence and empathy. Group-analytic psychotherapy brings support for individuals in their suffering and once a regular member, the individual's insight grows through insight from other members and from group interactions, from the group's reliability and from the opportunity to be in touch with and talk about feelings that life has hitherto demanded must be suppressed.
I work both in Canterbury with individuals and groups, and with individuals at my location which is about 4 miles from Canterbury. I am available for work and staff teams that require consultations regarding stalled staff team dynamics.