Depression and Anxiety
My work in the NHS primarily consisted of the treatment of anxiety and depression in primary and secondary care. Whilst depression and anxiety are broad presentations, my view is that they mostly originate from difficult relationships, identity issues or work and focusing on these areas can greatly reduce symptoms.
Relationships & Sex
I'm interested in all relationships, but I find that I work often with intimate relationships in particular, with both individuals and couples. I draw on attachment theory that describes four attachment styles: Secure, Anxious/preoccupied, Dismissive/avoidant, and Fearful-avoidant. This can be very useful lens through which to work on issues of intimacy, sex, commitment and conflict.
People often seek me out to help them deal with work issues. Whether related to stress, being over-looked or overworked, or deeper issues of meaning and identity through work, therapy is a great place to explore this important aspect of our lives.
With a decade working in theatre I'm well placed to help those in the creative industries.
All families have their histories and dysfunctions. Sometimes, when unresolved, they can impinge on our present relationships, mood or mental health. Exploring these past and present family relationships can be extremely valuable.
I have substantial experience working with gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women as well as non-binary, queer and transgender people. I identify He/Him.
Although I work equally across all genders, men often feel more comfortable seeking support from a male therapist. I've worked with many men who, despite initial apprehension, have really leaned into therapy and got a lot out of it.
Intercultural Therapy and Intersectionality
Intercultural therapy takes into account external realities such as racism, sexism, refugee status, physical health and abilities and poverty.
It also recognises the differences and similarities of various aspects of culture between the client and therapist. Being able to connect with your therapist on a cultural plane can enable a deeper level of communication and a more effective therapeutic experience.
Intersectionality is an analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege. Examples of these aspects include gender, caste, sex, race, class, sexuality, religion, disability and physical appearance.
I have worked in some of London's most diverse boroughs and the majority of my clients were from different racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. Being a white male therapist may not seem the obvious choice for, say, a black female, but I welcome the opportunity to work with difference in what can be a mutually important and healing therapeutic relationship.
Many people come to me with a sense of existential dread, an emptiness or lack of meaning. Often this can be an unconscious distraction from another issue that is causing pain. Sometimes however, certain people are particularly tuned into life's bigger questions and I can offer a space to explore these feelings, with sensitivity and curiosity.