I work with a lot of parents who experience difficulties during pregnancy, birth or the early years of their child’s lives. You may be feeling anxious about your pregnancy, birth or adjustment to this at times the scary confusing new world of being a parent. You may be struggling with your mood and feeling far more angry, irritable or sad than you usually do. Or maybe it’s your thoughts that are scaring you. Perhaps there were traumatic events in your journey, your birth wasn’t what you hoped it would be, your baby needed a NICU / SCN stay, or your body has changed in a way you didn’t expect? Maybe because of this or other reasons it’s been hard bonding with your baby, your relationship has changed significantly or you aren’t quite sure who you are anymore? You might feel due to conception choices or life circumstances your situation is a bit unique or different to your friends and it’s been hard knowing where you fit in the ‘parenting world’? I am experienced working with a range of families including single mothers by choice, sole parents, same-sex parents and parents of multiples. Whatever the issue is… if it’s related to pregnancy, birth or being a parent I work with you!
When I’m not working with new parents my other passion is working with young people. Being a teenager can really suck sometimes. Everything starts to change quickly and the world can become confusing and your emotions are on hyperdrive. There’s a lot of pressure to make friends (and keep friends!), keep your parents happy and ‘do well’ at school. It sometimes feels like everyone’s against you and no one understands. Given that I am now no longer a teenager there’s no way I will fully ‘get it’ but I promise I will try my best to understand your situation and work with you to tackle whatever the issues are that you are struggling with. I spend day in and day out working at a high school supporting teenagers with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bullying, school avoidance, self-harm, learning difficulties, grief, self-esteem, gender, sexuality. So it’s quite likely that I’ve heard the questions you’d like to ask. I won’t be shocked when you’re ready to tell me what’s been weighing on your chest.
While the next few phrases often don’t mean too much to clients just incase your GP or someone else has said you need ‘X’ type of therapy: The main modalities I draw from are: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). What is likely more important to you is my therapeutic style which is gentle, kind and flexible. My aim is to create a space where you can feel understood and comfortable enough to share those thoughts and feelings you haven’t felt able to express to others. That doesn’t mean it’s all candles and soft lighting, I can be direct if that’s what works for you and I will happily bring humour into sessions when you need it most.