I grew up in the home-counties, and have lived in London all my adult life. I am half Danish. Previous to training as a counsellor I worked in the film industry for 16 years.
I can best be described as acutely curious about how we interact in our many different relationships and the surrounding environment. I am passionate about what makes us the people we are, how we affect one another and how we change and grow as life goes on. I continue to research this on a personal and professional level.
I strongly agree with John Davis who said that, “the most basic cause of our suffering is not emotional conflict. We have emotional conflict because we don’t have knowledge of our true nature.” I believe all mental illness stems from this place.
I have a keen interest in Japanese Mahayana Buddhism and find that Eastern philosophy is a useful counterbalance to the Western psychological approach of my training.
My approach is a 'relational' process, in that I aim to develop a therapeutic relationship with my clients, to enhance their self-awareness in how they relate to the world around them. This requires several ingredients, which I endeavour to facilitate in my therapeutic work; an establishment of trust, empathy, congruence, tenderness, ventilation of suppressed emotions, playfulness and humour.