Human Givens Psychotherapist
HGDip P ArtsPGDip BA(Hons) Memberships MHGI – Member of the Human Givens Institute FRSA – Fellow of the Royals Society for Arts BSS – Member of the British Sleep Society
In 2008 I came across the Human Givens approach in my search to find the most effective ways in which to support and work with people who were in difficulties. It made sense, I could see how it would help many of the people that I had worked with in the past and most importantly those I currently worked with. At the time I was managing a project working with people affected by homelessness and I wanted the very best service for them, to ensure their sustained movement into independent living. The understanding, skills and tools I have gained through the Human Givens training has been really useful both in my own life and my work with clients. Seeing the direct benefits for my clients, is what drives my work. Human Givens is a very practical approach to therapy which aims to put people back in control of their lives as quickly as possible by helping them think about their difficulties in new and more empowering ways. My approach is practical and collaborative, working together for the best results, it uses assessment tools so that progress is measurable and is cost effective, using as few sessions as possible. In a therapy session, there is no expectation for clients to talk about previous bad experience – research shows this can make the situation worse. If there is trauma present it can be relieved very quickly (often within one session). My aim is to help the client to move forward into positive experiences immediately
The therapy offers practical help to deal with mental and emotional distress in the here and now. My training ensures that I have a sound body of scientifically-based knowledge and proven skills to help people as quickly as possible with a wide variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties. When our emotional needs are not met in balance, or when our resources are used inappropriately, we suffer considerable distress and so can those around us. As a human givens therapist, I will focus on helping a client to identify their unmet emotional needs and empower them to meet these needs by activating their own natural resources in new ways. To do this I use a variety of up-to-date, proven techniques aimed at problem solving.
My broad range of experience gives me an understanding of the many stresses that can be in our lives and an open minded attitude towards the ways people have coped with these. This experience ranges from over 12 years managing a project working with people affected by homelessness, developing and delivering workshops and courses for mentoring, coaching and getting back into work; learning the craft of Stand Up (very scary!); being a director of two social enterprises; providing business consultancy to creative businesses; providing arts project management with museum and galleries in the South; training as a youth worker; project managing youth audience development for performing art centres and training as an artist. In private practice since 2014 and also working with referrals from PTSD Resolution a charity for service personnel, reservists and their families, Frontline19 for workers in the NHS and other frontline services and also for Occupational Health companies Red Poppy Ltd and Healthcare RM. A role that I am very proud to do is as Chair of Plot 22 an award winning community allotment space that helps people to connect with land and community, creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to grow, cook and eat together outdoors.