Creativity is a vital part of my style of work. I have been able to develop my relational style of working in a variety of settings where a trusting and creative relationship is a vital part of helping people with mild as well as complex struggles.
I work with people who suffer from traumatic experiences, depression, eating disorders, anxiety related issues and those who can't just work out why they feel so unhappy, confused or helpless. I help people with obsessive and compulsive issues and work with people who face a suicidal crisis. I further work with people who struggle with sex addictions, and other "psychiatric" conditions. But symptoms like fever for an example, although we don't like it, are often healthy responses to an unhealthy situation. My therapeutic experience is further informed by my work at various NHS hospitals and in a psychiatric community. As a tutor and lecturer I have gained inside into the contemporary academic and training practices.
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Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you responsible along the way.
Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience personal, professional and social difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don't know well.
Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns. Groups always reflect society at large and often empower us to deal with issues of oppression and exclusion more constructively especially when you and your loved ones struggle with realities such as racism, homophobia, poverty, gender or age to name but a few. I have been a group therapist for transgenerational trauma groups for over 12 years and have faciliated various training and support groups.