About Me

I would describe my way of working as Existential-Phenomenological Therapy with a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapeutic bias.  My interest in existential thinking was originally stimulated throughout my first degree in Art History and Philosophy where I constantly found myself in a minority, arguing for an existential approach.  These practical actions were the result of my own struggles with the question of human existence whilst being personally affected by the literature of Sartre (1938/1965, 1943/1958), Nietzsche (1885/1961), Camus (1942/2005), Proust (1911/1992), Plath (Rose, 1991), Hughes (1998), Kafka (1915/1984), Woolf (1929) and Ferrante (2012).  

Whilst working with adults in NHS psychotherapy services in two NHS Secondary Care hospital settings, I have gained a wide range of clinical experience and also as a counsellor in the voluntary sector (Samaritans, Mind and Cruise). I was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2009 for Mind Counselling Services.  My work and personal life is influenced by the Theravada Buddhist tradition and I have a particular interest in sport and exercise.

Currently working on doctoral thesis researching what works in therapy combined with private practice in Chichester.

British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology
Society of Existential Analysis
Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists in the NHS
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
UK Council for Psychotherapy

Statistical approaches to therapeutic outcome in a clinic:  An ethical argument for a new approach (2016) Ralph Goldstein & Linda Stephenson, BPS Psychotherapy Section Review (58 Winter 2016)

An Exploration into Effectiveness of Existential Phenomenological Therapy as a U.K. NHS Psychological Treatment Intervention (2017) Linda Stephenson & Beverley Hale, Journal of Humanistic Psychology online


And the Winner is..... Awards for the Integration of Science and Practice in Psychology (2018) James C. Overholser & Eleanor E. Beale, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy online

'Man's task is simple: he should cease letting his "existence" be "a thoughtless accident’"

Walter A. Kauffman, 1950: 140,  on Nietzsche's beliefs