I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, working with individuals, couples and groups.
In the past I have worked a lot with men’s support groups, co-facilitating stopping violence groups and providing individual programmes for men.
Working with men continues to be a passion for me. In our society men can often be trapped in their own, and others, unrealistic expectations of how they ‘should’ behave and relate. These can often be very limited and constrained, leaving feelings of dissatisfaction and frustration in relationships that fail to reach their full potential.
Helping a man find his ‘true’ voice is important for the man himself, his primary relationship, his family and friends, and can help to set a different model for his children.
I also enjoy working with women and value the different dynamics that are presented.
Both these aspects come together in my work with couples. In this work, I generally hope that each person will increase their understanding of both themselves and their partner, and through this, they will be able to become more aware of the dynamics between them.
Underpinning a lot of the way I work is an ongoing interest in the impact of early trauma on mental health and how a wide range of issues can play out in relationship difficulties. It can often be surprising how seemingly random events can easily trigger everyday conflicts.