I trained as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the North West Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy, followed by training in Intensive Analytic practice with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. This training takes place over several years and includes personal therapy and close supervision. The exploration of one's own life experiences and search for self understanding, is a central part of a therapist's professional training and the development of an understanding of our mind and inner world.
I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and work to their Code of Professional Ethics. I worked for many years within the NHS Mental Health services and gradually moved into private practice from 2004 onwards. Prior to practising as a Psychotherapist, I worked in Social Care within Child and Family and Adult services, for over 20 years.
I was Chair of the North West Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy for several years and am currently a member of a team of Psychotherapists working in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust delivering a Foundation course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Manchester. The course introduces a psychoanalytic way of thinking about emotional difficulties and complicated relationships and provides access to high quality training opportunities within the Northwest region. I work on this course as a Supervisor, Tutor and Training therapist.
I practice as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in Bentham near Lancaster and Kendal Cumbria.
I have many years experience of offering clinical Supervision from a psychoanalytic perspective to
practitioners from a wide range of settings, including Children's service, Schools and Colleges, NHS Mental Health services and to private practitioners.
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association and voluntary regulator of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy profession, publishing a register of practitioners who are required to follow their ethical code and meet their fitness to practice standards.
All therapists registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council have received a comprehensive training and work to a set of ethical guidelines, receive regular supervision and undertake continuing professional development.