Family therapy supports people in a close relationship to help each other. A ‘family’ can be defined as any group of two or more people who care about each other. Family therapy also looks at how individuals form part of their family system.
I like to work in an honest and transparent way with clients. This means I will consider what each individual brings to therapy, as well as respecting differences in values. I believe that one of the most important parts of the therapeutic relationship is the rapport that we build in an open, honest and safe environment.
Sometimes, our difficulties come from our relationships, and family life can become complicated. We might feel stuck, finding it difficult to cope with major life events such as infidelity, family conflicts or mental illness. It can become difficult to communicate with our loved ones to find solutions and move forward as a family or couple. Whether it is working through problems with your family or partner, I can support you all through this process together and build on your strengths.
I have dedicated my working life to supporting families and couples, with what can be challenging and difficult topics. However, with a shared understanding and a supportive therapeutic environment, we can work together to understand the problems and decide how best to move forward. Family therapy is unique in that it explores wider issues such as race, culture, gender and religion and how these affect relationships.
I work strictly within the ethical framework of the Association for Family Therapy to ensure that my work is beneficial to clients, always putting you at the centre of the therapeutic relationship. Since graduating from university, I have been fortunate enough to undertake additional specialised work and study, including occupational therapy interventions in inpatient mental health units working with individuals experiencing psychosis, and cognitive behavioural interventions on a 1-1 basis. This means clients also benefit from the additional skills I can bring to the therapeutic relationships.