Hello. I am a trainee psychotherapist with over a decade of experience of working within mental healthcare organisations. People usually describe me as a warm, calm and thoughtful person. I have a Level 6 Foundation in Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited by the BACP and UKCP. I am qualified to offer adult clients, one-to-one psychotherapy on a weekly basis.
I am studying an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. This is an excellent training in my view, which, over the course of at least five years, is designed to deepen and improve psychotherapeutic practice. The training is a strong source of support to my client work and continually challenges me to improve my practice.
My approach to therapy is that each person is unique and the task at hand is to find a shared language or way of working, which fits each client’s needs, frames of reference and ways of being. You can read more about my approach and a little about me on my website www.rootspsychotherapy.org
I’d like to use a little space here to say some additional things that don’t appear on my website. I have a daily qigong practice and find this a wonderful way of integrating my experiences. There are physical, emotional and spiritual levels to any deep and healthy qigong practice which include breathwork, fitness training, diet, introspection, meditation and alignment of the cycles of the natural world with inner process. The gifts of qigong practice and its underpinning Doaist philosophy inform aspects of my psychotherapeutic practice.
As a developing practitioner of integrated psychotherapy, I am also influenced by elements of the better-known therapeutic modalities and believe a varied theoretical toolbox offers a number of ways of finding the most helpful approach, or set of approaches. I am particularly drawn to Jungian myth, archetypes and the collective unconscious and how these dovetail with contemporary scientific exploration, cosmology, environmentalism, or put more simply, how we form and interpret the world through telling ourselves and others stories.
In my work I am also accompanied by some companions of the mind, writers and thinkers who influence my outlook. Chief amongst these are contemporary philosophers Charles Eisenstein and Theodore Zeldin, men who believe passionately in a more beautiful world that can be achieved through rich conversation and a commitment to following what our hearts know to be possible. I am also deeply influenced by feminist theorists, and leading their impressive ranks in my mind are Donna Haraway and Brené Brown.
I am also a nature lover and an advocate of ecopsychology. I enjoy few things more than walking in the countryside around Bath, learning about the natural world and gardening. I am a passionate advocate of the therapeutic power of nature and a large part of my practice is enriched by being outdoors amongst trees, other-than-human animals, shifting landscapes and the changing of the seasons.
For more information about my practice see www.rootspsychotherapy.org
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