I have been in private practice for over twenty years, starting off with working with children and families, then broadening my practice to fertility, coping with fertility choices and the impact on the marriage. My passion is also stress management in a private and group setting as well as miscarriage, infant loss and depression.
My focus is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which strongly recognises that thinking drives action. Sometimes we can't change our circumstances but we can change the way in which we think about them. I am amazed at the insights I learn everyday from my patients. As a therapist, I never believe I have all the answers, but every person I meet fills in the blanks- to help others and myself!
I became a therapist because I know that all of us need a hand along the way. Freud said: "There are no happy lives, there are happy moments." I am there when the not-so-happy moments happen. It may be that I am here for a reason or for a season.
This is such a rollercoaster of emotions. Decisions are many, and the helplessness and lack of control can lead to depression, post traumatic stress and marital isolation. Having struggled to have children myself, it is a journey I know only too well. I have helped couple's make decisions, plans and perspective about their journey.
Making the decision to use an egg donor is filled with loss and confusion. There are also many issues on disclosure. It is a process, but one that can be managed. I have assessed donors for many years, and helped couple's come to terms with moving forward when other avenues have been exhausted.
Perhaps one of the hardest and most invasive forms of fertility treatment of which not much is known. A beautiful gift of proportions that are inexplicable but an unknown journey that can be made easier with support. I have been doing forensic surrogacy reports for in excess of twenty years.
When the question becomes "Is this it?" or "This is it", it's time for some guidance.
Communication skills and relationship decisions. How to navigate challenges in one's relationship.
Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy or an infant due to premature birth or a child is the most heart- wrenching pain to go through. It feels as though there is no-one who understands and sometimes there are no words...
Grief comes in waves, and those waves are overwhelming. We initially feel we grabbing onto anything to keep afloat. The waves never stop but the waves become more predictable.