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 or a chronic illness, 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 narcissistic abuse on health related quality of life and I provide therapy and 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 people's existential and spiritual well-being.
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. diabetes, heart disease, cancer, CFS, an auto-immune disorder, EDS 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, anger, a lack of meaning and purpose 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.
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 and don't know how to navigate that. Perhaps you're feeling panicky about the great unknown and you need to learn more helpful coping strategies to deal with that.
You're caring for a loved one or a friend with a long-term illness and have a hard time with the 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/psychopathic abuse survivor and need support and education on how to recover from the profound stress and trauma often associated with that. Narcissistic abuse is also commonly related to some pretty significant health issues such as gastrointestinal distress, body aches and pain, but no matter what your health status is, if you need to understand this area better (e.g. personality pathology), how it relates to your own experience, and how to recover from it, you're welcome here!
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 want to discover better ways of coping to manage the stress around that.
If you feel you are struggling with any of these issues or something else related to how you cope with your illness or situation, you may benefit from some extra support. Read More >
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, especially during the current Covid 19 pandemic.
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