My Approach & Specialisms
Sometimes people come into therapy because they feel unhappy or unsatisfied with their life situation. Maybe it is hard to talk about feelings like sadness, anger, fear, helplessness and loss. We may not have someone who we can trust, or we would prefer to talk to a professional that is impartial. Whether there is something specific worrying you, or you are generally unsatisfied with your situation right now, seeking therapy can be a scary but important first step towards wellbeing.
Working with a psychotherapist can help you understand yourself, as well as gain insights into the issues you are having. The process happens in a safe and confidential environment in which you can discover how to bring about the changes you are seeking.
In counselling, we might work with the present of what is happening in your life, your relationships and within the therapy room. This will bring awareness to any patterns that might have become uncomfortable for you, as well as provide the means to explore the answers you seek.
The psychotherapeutic element of my practice will allow us to consider how your past experiences may have shaped your present life. This process of empathic exploration can be healing in itself, but sometimes we may need to learn emotional regulation and self-care. That being said, I will listen without judgement and I will honour what you chose to bring into our therapeutic space, always respecting the boundaries of what you want to keep out of the conversation.
The Humanistic Approach
I work with a diverse set of modalities within the humanistic approach, which allows me to adapt to different personalities and different sets of issues brought to therapy.
The Humanistic framework rests on the belief that every person is valuable and has the capacity to grow and achieve wellbeing. I consider that my clients have the answers they seek within themselves, I am here to facilitate the discovery of their inner resources.
I work in a relational way and believe in the principle of mutuality. This means that I consider relationships to be co-created and this include the therapeutic relationship, which makes each of them unique. There is no hierarchy between therapist and client. Instead of giving advice, I will walk alongside my clients to help them navigate their situation.
I highly value authenticity and I strive to help my clients discover their authentic selves and to learn to love and value themselves.
Therapy in Context
An important guiding principle of my practice is to strive for an anti-oppressive approach. In part, this means to seriously consider how social and environmental factor may affect my clients’ experiences. We are not isolated entities. We have grown up and we live in a social context full of hierarchies.
I believe working with inner processes and emotional experiences needs to come with knowledge about the lived reality of people, in regards to social class, race, ethnicity, gender etc. and its impact on mental health and potential to thrive.
I am thus committed to keep learning about social realities such as racism, ableism, classism and other
forms of injustice and help my clients also examine these realities and see what impact they might have had in their lives and what needs have remained unfulfilled from this.
This is not limited to my therapy practice as I strive for an anti-oppressive praxis in all areas of my life. I am also invested in learning more about resistance strategies and self-care in this context as I am preparing to undertake research in that area.
Finally, I have produced and delivered training for organisations and other therapists on the topic of anti-racism and anti-oppression through my work with Race Reflections and the Radical Therapy Network, and I regularly write on decolonial perspectives of mental health in my blog South of Therapy.
I have experience working with immigrants, people with mixed heritage, neurodivergent people and HSP, people belonging to marginalised communities or leading non-normative lives such as polyamorous or ethically non-monogamous lifestyles.
My experience as a therapist and my research have given me the skills to help with the following processes:
- Mixed Heritage
- Cultural Identity
- Racism & Racial Trauma