The Art of Feeling

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso. Being Creative. As a qualified and accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I commit to ongoing training; an ethos of ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD), in order to maintain my accredited status.  I don’t object to this, for I love both my profession and learning. I am…

Drugs & Alcohol Treatment Service

From 2004 – 2007, I was the Service Manager of a medical and psychotherapy treatment service for those seeking support in overcoming substance abuse addiction; one of the services of Cranstoun group.  The service covered the London Borough of Croydon; one of the most diverse of London’s Boroughs. The treatment service was classed as a Tier…

Approaching Self-Harm

To set the therapeutic context most widely regarded as integral to understanding and treating self-harm, one would consider the work of Melanie Klein (1882 – 1960).  Melanie Klein is widely regarded for developing Object Relations Theory.  An adult sufferer of depression herself and, through her work with one of Sigmund Freud’s (1856 – 1939)students; Sandor Ferenczi…

Putting Me In the Spotlight

I was recently interviewed about my work as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor for The Natural Health Centre Newsletter.  Here’s how the interview went: Dean, what first brought you into Counselling and Psychotherapy? Well, my upbringing was happy, but we experienced quite a lot of heartache; we sadly lost beloved family members to Leukaemia, Cancer and…

A Problem Shared

Many clients will often express a fear of going into a group situation but, as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I have seen many benefits for clients who participate in Group Therapy.  Sessions are usually conducted around a common theme among a group of people; for example, a group where clients all have an experience of…