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About me

My name's Pippa, short for Philippa (though only my history teacher in secondary school has persisted in calling me that!).

 

After graduating with a degree in English Literature, I worked in publishing (books, magazines, digital) and research, in Italy and London - I loved the creative aspects of the work and access to an incredible musical and cultural scene. but never felt fully part of that world. I was quite shy and sensitive but threw myself into a social scene which exhausted me. 

 

I decided to move back to Devon, where I'd spent a lot of my childhood - this is where I started my therapy journey.

 

My first therapist was quite 'old school'  - she was (to me) cold, distant, unsmiling and frequently silent. My feelings of being misunderstood and unloveable were compounded by a sense that she was judging me, seeing through me and leaving me feeling ashamed.

I'm happy to say that I went on to see a couple of wonderful therapists who helped me to feel seen, supported and - at last - understood. They were able to help me explore and untangling my attachment issues and help me see my full potential.I knew then that I wanted to do this work, to be the therapist I had so desperately needed back then: warm, compassionate, gentle, experienced and able to bring humour and joy into our sessions.

 

I feel incredibly fortunate to be doing what I do, working with extraordinary individuals, all of whom show incredible courage to allow me into their world. It's a huge privilege to be a part of someone's therapeutic journey, supporting them through the challenges they're facing. I'm always struck by the incredible courage my clients show me every day - letting me see their vulnerability and a willingness to trust in the process.

 

I specialise in working with my clients to build up their self esteem, help reduce and manage their anxiety and work towards a secure attachment style.I have a thirst for knowledge which means I'm constantly seeking out new research and training opportunities to keep me on my toes and enable me to give my best to each and every person I work with.

Nervous system regulation has been transformative for me and this is something I bring to client sessions as it can be extremely empowering in healing from trauma and stress responses.

 

If you'd like to find out more about the way I work or to book an initial session to see if you think we'd be a good 'fit', please get in touch.

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