Thanks for visiting! I provide online therapy (Telehealth video sessions) for adults who are experiencing stress and loss in their lives and find it difficult to cope. I specialize in helping people who are struggling with long-term health problems, a chronic illness, and/or medical trauma, whose quality of life is poor but who want to live a meaningful life despite their illness. Perhaps you have an illness diagnosis or perhaps you have profound symptoms that have been hard to pinpoint but have nevertheless been detrimental to your quality of life. I'm also interested in the effect of past trauma (e.g. ongoing childhood abuse and narcissistic abuse) on adult health related quality of life and I provide therapy and psycho-education in that area.
I run a relatively small practice which means I'm able to dedicate more time to each of my clients. I often use an Integrative Therapeutic Approach that adapts to the unique needs of each client, drawing from a range of different approaches. The aim is to restore daily functioning and minimize the many consequences of your situation on your quality of life. I place a strong emphasis on tending to people's dignity.
I see clients with a range of different issues in relation to their health and wellbeing. Here are some common ones:
You have a hard time coping with long-term health problems or a chronic illness (e.g. heart disease, cancer, CFS/ME, an auto-immune disorder, EDS, long-Covid, lung disease etc.) and it's affecting your quality of your life in a number of ways; it may cause you ongoing pain and fatigue, impact on your sleep, reduce your mobility, affect your ability to work, cause you to become less independent and more socially isolated, affect how you see yourself, e.g. your identity, body image and self-esteem and cause feelings of anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, anger, a lack of meaning and purpose, suicidal ideation, and spiritual distress. You may even grieve for the life you once had but are no longer able to live and you may worry about future uncertainties. For more on Health Related Quality of Life, please click here.
Or you may have not been diagnosed with an illness at all but with chronic pain or other physical symptoms of no known cause and feel overwhelmed and at a loss in how to deal with it. For more on my approach to chronic pain, click here.
Maybe you've recovered from an illness or some kind of health event (what we often refer to as survivorship) and want to process what happened to you and work on how to move forward. Perhaps you're worried about a relapse or recurrence of symptoms, and don't know how to navigate that. Perhaps you're feeling panicky about the great unknown and you need to figure out how to cope with that.
Perhaps you have experienced medical trauma (e.g. the effects of 'medical gaslighting' or other traumatic experiences such as a medical crisis, surgery, an invasive procedure or an accident) and you want to process, heal and move forward from that.
You're caring for a loved one or a friend with a long-term illness and have a hard time with the anticipatory grief, stress and burnout that often comes with that. Or perhaps someone has passed away and you're finding it difficult to cope with the situation or with the grief and you need someone to walk beside you on that journey.
You're a narcissistic or a childhood abuse survivor and need therapy to move forward from the profound stress and trauma often associated with that. Narcissistic abuse is commonly related to some pretty significant health issues such as gastrointestinal distress, body aches and pain, and ongoing childhood abuse has been shown to correlate strongly with ill health in adulthood.
Or maybe you're simply experiencing a lot of overwhelming stress or loss in your life and you don't know how to deal with it. Perhaps you're going through a major life transition and you need help with how to navigate that, or you want to discover better ways of coping to manage the stress around that. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness, for example, can be one mother of a life transition!
I use a secure Telehealth service (SimplePractice.com) that is HIPAA and GDPR compliant and very easy to use. Basically, you are sent a link before each appointment that takes you straight to the Telehealth window which is very similar to a Zoom or Skype call but of higher quality. All you need is a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. If you feel a bit intimidated by the technology, don't worry! I'm more than happy to guide you through it. For more information about what Telehealth is and how it works, please click here.
We know from scientific research that conducting therapy online has the same therapeutic effect as those carried out in person and using this approach allows me to reach people from further afield. An online therapy option is especially helpful for people with a long-term illness as many may simply not be well enough, or in a position, to leave their homes. It's also a safer option for those who are immunocompromised, or otherwise medically vulnerable, especially as Covid 19 is still very much a present danger for that population.
If you have any questions, or if you'd like to book a session, just send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Practitioner Health Psychologist
HCPC Licence reg. no: PYL21971
Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist