My Approach to Helping
One of my main beliefs about helping people is that change is always possible. No matter how frustrated, hopeless or overwhelmed you feel now, there is always a way forwards. I believe that you are the expert in your own life and have many existing strengths and resources. My job is to be an expert in the process of change and asking the right questions to help you get back in touch with these and use them to overcome your problems. Many people come to therapy knowing only what they don't want. Our work together will be to create a detailed picture of life without the problem. Once you can do that, the next small steps towards your preferred future are easier to see and then take. My aim is to focus on listening and understanding what you want and help build a good relationship so that you feel safe and comfortable in therapy.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have lived and worked in many countries and have both a professional and personal interest in the process of cultural adjustment. Being away from home and your normal support system of friends and family can make even the smallest problems harder. My job is to help you understand and cope with the process of culture shock to help you not only survive but thrive - whether this is in your temporary home as an expatriate or permanent home as an immigrant.
I also have a passion for working with maternal mental health issues. This may be coping with infertility, dealing with loss and grief after miscarriage or the stresses of pregnancy and life as a new mother. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, which is also why it is the most rewarding. It can also be very isolating, especially if you are also dealing with living in a new culture. I hope to bring mothers together, and help them access support locally. Seeking help is not only important for you but also to improving all the relationships within the family so you can enjoy this special time together.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Being a psychotherapist is an immense privilege. Being trusted with your innermost thoughts and feelings is very humbling and needs to be treated with the utmost respect. I never cease to be inspired by people's resilience through adversity and creativity in solving their own problems. Being able to facilitate and witness someone's process of change and journey to be the very best they can be is amazing.