I started working in this field as a counsellor, then went on to complete the psychoanalytic psychotherapy training run by The Severnside Institute Of Psychotherapy.
I worked at the Student Counselling Service at Bristol University, as well as delivering a short term model of therapy (4 sessions) at The Bridge Foundation. I then went on to establish a busy private practice.
Initially I was happy and successful working in the psychoanalytic model, seeing patients for 50 minutes, often several times a week for a number of years and using the couch as a matter of course. But then I was invited to come along to an ISTDP seminar where what I heard and saw completely transformed my thinking.
I tested the water by attending the ISTDP introductory course, and took back into my private practice some changes in technique that I had seen demonstrated on the course. These changes had an instant and positive impact on my work, so I bit the bullet and did a core training in ISTDP which I completed in 2017. I’m now in my second year of the advanced training.
The way I work now is completely different to how it was a few years ago. I feel positively excited by this dynamic model of therapy, particularly as I’ve seen some wonderful changes in the lives of my patients as a result.