I have a Masters Degree (MA) in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Diploma (Dip) in Humanistic Counselling & Psychotherapy both obtained from Roehampton University.
I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (Reg. MBACP). I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. For more information about the BACP please click below.
I have had the immense privilege of working with people from many different backgrounds coming with a wide range of issues and am passionate about helping people find a brighter, more rewarding future.
I have an interest in working with people who have experienced abuse in either childhood, adult relationships or both and have extensive experience in this area especially working with women who are in or have survived, abusive relationships.
Abuse may be physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial and control is usually a key element of this extremely difficult experience. Bullying is also abusive behaviour. Abuse of any sort is devastating and crippling, affecting our self esteem and sense of self worth, leaving us feeling helpless and hopeless and in a state of high alert.
To be abused in a close relationship is a very disempowering experience; it feels as if the other person holds all the power. So an important part of our work will be helping you to take back your own power and take control of your life with the hope that we can equip you to find more healthy relationships in the future.
My overall aim is that by validating your experience and helping you to process this painful part of your life, we may empower you to face your future with hope and courage.
I also worked for many years as a nurse in the NHS and was a Specialist Nurse in Diabetes for 15 years. This has given me an interest in helping people as a therapist, to process the incredibly difficult feelings and sense of loss that may come when diagnosed with a chronic condition.
Although we like to separate them, the body and mind are less separate than we sometimes think. How we feel about our bodies can dramatically affect our psychological well being. We may feel fearful at the loss of health and the implications of the condition on our lives and future.
My experience in this arena helps me to empathise and understand your experience so that we can journey together to help you find a way forward.
Our work will remain confidential within BACP guidelines (please see link below).
I continually update my practice so that I can give you the best possible service and have attended training events including:
Character Styles: The issues of attachment
Attachments and Neuroscience
Attachment Theory: Working with trauma and loss
Working with Domestic Abuse
The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy
Working with Couples (This course is endorsed by the College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists; COSRT)
8 week course in Mindfulness
An Integrative Approach to Threatment of clients with Complex PTSD & Dissociative Disorders
If you choose to book an appointment with me, the initial session is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have concerning the counselling/psychotherapy process and for me to understand what is concerning you. It is also a chance for you to decide if you would feel comfortable working with me and that I am the right therapist for you at this time. You are under no obligation to continue after this session, should you choose not to.
If I feel I am not the right therapist to help you, I will make every effort to suggest alternatives to you.
I have regular supervision where I discuss my work, which all therapists are required to do. This ensures that I am working to offer you the best possible service with a high standard of professional care. My supervisor adheres to the same professional ethics as myself.
For more information about the BACP please click here.