As a specialised General Practitioner trained in Somatic Experiencing™, and also a Focussed Psychological Strategies provider, I work with clients who may have difficulty regulating their emotions, and/or other components of their non-voluntary nervous system. This means clients may present with mental health concerns, problematic physical symptoms, or a combination of these.
For example, my clients often suffer from anxiety/depression, addiction or troublesome relationship patterns, as well as more formal diagnoses of post-traumatic stress, ADHD, eating or personality disorders. Physical problems can include chronic pain/headaches, gut concerns, recurrent rashes or unexplained joint/tendon problems, hypersensitivity and fatigue/fibromyalgia (a more comprehensive list is below).
I value helping clients resolve their current symptoms, both psychological and physical, whilst simultaneously addressing underlying problematic nervous-system ‘wiring’ to enable a more regulated response to future challenges.
My therapeutic style specifically addresses trauma stored deep in the mind and body's implicit (procedural and emotional) memory, using a somatic psychotherapeutic approach that works directly with feedback from the client's sensations. This approach fosters a safe space for clients to start to re-regulate nervous systems that may be excessively aroused, or alternatively sluggish and shut down. Pacing the approach with feedback from the senses and emotions also means that we work at a pace the client is ready for.
This therapy is enhanced by my training as an integrative GP, so I am comfortable reviewing current approaches and reassessing physical complaints and/or identifying past injuries or events that may have contributed to the presenting issues. I may suggest supporting the system with appropriate Western, or alternative evidence-based medications and therapies if necessary, whilst working towards healing at a deeper level. However at all times I am happy to liaise with existing regular practitioners, and value a team approach.
The length of therapy is variable: resolution of specific concerns can be achieved in as few as a couple of sessions. Deeper, ingrained patterns of behaviour or problems may take 6-12 sessions over a number of months. However usually clients stabilise over a few closely-spaced sessions and then the time between appointments increases as clients improve.
I see clients who experience a range of physical and mental health concerns that may have a basis in trauma or stress (although the actual events do not need to be identified), particularly if these have a somatic/physical component, such as: