Over time, Banish the Crows will develop a hub for other psychotherapeutic and related offerings, including services offered by other professionals with the same outlook and values but who can offer different, complementary skills that may be able to help our clients to improve their situation.
The individuals and organisations listed below are not employees of Banish the Crows and unless otherwise stated are not subcontracted associates. They are people or groups of individuals known to us that we would highly recommend on the basis of their human and social ideals and our perceptions of their ethical conduct. Whilst we can never guarantee the clinical or therapeutic effectiveness of these individuals or organisations – they will talk with you about their methods of working and be able to offer testimonies of how their work has helped people improve their lives, we feel sufficiently convinced of their endeavours to recommend them to people in search of help and support.
I qualified in 2002 at Birmingham University and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am a psychodynamically trained counsellor psychotherapist who works in an ‘integrative’ way to ensure that the client receives therapy that suits their needs and is creative and flexible enough to bring changes they are working towards. My conviction is, that if human beings make a good attachment, then they can manage life’s challenges with greater confidence. Integrative therapy is just this, a combined approach to counselling and psychotherapy that brings together different therapeutic styles within the framework of a positive, healthy therapeutic relationship. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. The most common type of integration is where the therapist has a solid grounding in one theoretical approach that is accompanied by a willingness to carefully incorporate techniques from other therapeutic approaches.
I believe that our inner conflicts are the result of early childhood experiences that have developed unconscious ways of living and behaving that can cause us to make choices that may not always be in our best interests. The more self aware we become, the greater power we have to make informed and positive choices for our lives. My work is based on the idea that we are strongly motivated, as human beings, to live purposefully and meaningfully and that exploring the existential issues of life and our being can lead us to that purpose and fulfilment.
The different stages and seasons of our lives can all have meaning and challenges, distress can paradoxically become a positive part of who we are and who we become. I believe that when we find meaning in our lives we are motivated to live well and manage our lives positively. We need freedom to find meaning in what we do and therapy provides a place for freedom to explore that meaning.
As well as exploration, sometimes solution focused work and existential coaching are something that I believe clients need. What do I need to do to change? How can I change that pattern? These are frequent questions that clients ask and this is when my diverse way of working can assist clients to explore their best route to change. If trauma is revealed and PTSD, then I am a trained EMDR therapist too and can provide a seamless service. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy in which the person being treated is asked to recall distressing images; the therapist then directs the patient in one type of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping.
Together with life events and relationship issues come feelings that we might not know how to manage, anger, guilt, shame, blame. I give clients the non-judgmental space to discuss and think about these feelings so they can gain a new perspective in order to manage their threat to living well.
My style incorporates a dynamic, analytical approach and is used to help the person discover ‘clues’ to their unease and distress and to then consider alternative ways of viewing and overcoming their current struggles to bring change. The therapy involves working creatively with all aspects of human experience – whatever the therapeutic needs or problem(s) being faced by the person, regardless of their age or stage of life.
I have worked with young people 5 – 16 using Play Therapy and in University with 18 -25 year olds as well as adults in the NHS.
Personally, valuing and respecting client’s ability to find a new way of being by attentive, non assumptive listening in an attempt to understand them, affirm their strengths and facilitate fresh thinking and perceiving are of paramount importance to may work.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist PGDIP (MBACP)
PgDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Birmingham University)
Pg Dip Counselling Supervision (Keele University)
Life Coaching and Counselling (BACP)
I have worked in client-facing roles in a wide variety of settings. I began my work in Walsall NHS mental health trust, then Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire NHS Mental Health Trust followed by Berkshire IAPT NHS services. I worked part time for the Counselling service in a West Midlands borough and worked in Primary and Secondary schools as well as Special schools using Play Therapy as the main tool. I also offered support to the Youth Offending Team and local charities working with those excluded from school on a part time basis. Currently I work as an Associate of Banish the Crows Independent Counselling Psychotherapy but provide other offerings through my own consultancy at Hope Services including Therapeutic Consultancy and Counselling Supervision.
As part of my professional registration with the BACP, I am required to participate and evidence continuing professional development (CPD). These are courses participated in during the last 3 years:
Eating disorder and family history.
Loss and attachment
PIT (Psychodynamic Interpersonal training)
Oedipus is alive and well
Bowlby and attachment
Suicidal ideation and management
SARC and sexual assault treatment
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) ‘training the trainer’ adult and youth
Sex in the digital age and beyond