My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- MA: Gestalt Psychotherapy Theory
- Diploma: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certificate: Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling
- Somatic Trauma Therapy
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
- Advanced Training in Motivational Interviewing
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)/ Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Mentalisation Based Therapy
- Attachment Theory
Registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
My professional experience:
I bring almost a decade of clinical experience to my work at Nightingale Hospital, where I have been working since 2010. On the general therapy programme I facilitate both interpersonal groups and CBT groups. I facilitate an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group on the eating disorders programme. I also co-facilitate the eight-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme with my colleague, Monica Cain. Finally, I offer one-to-one therapy for a broad range of mental health and emotional difficulties. Some of the conditions that I treat are listed below.
I was previously employed, for two years, by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) as a staff counsellor. I worked with fire fighters as well as other members of staff at LFB. The issues brought to the sessions were vast. However, to name a few: work related trauma; relationship problems; mental health difficulties (including anxiety and depression); stress; and anger management.
Prior to my employment at LFB, I worked for five years with the forensic psychology team, at HMP Wandsworth, facilitating rehabilitation groups for offenders. In these groups we applied Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for the purpose of addressing offending behaviour. I worked with offenders of all kinds of backgrounds and offending histories. Prisoners learned how to use basic CBT skills for managing emotions; solving problems; developing social skills; and working through issues of substance misuse.
My Personal Statement:
Each therapy is as distinct as the individuals (and groups) with whom I work, but the goal is always to improve quality of life. The specific goals that we work towards along the way will vary from person to person. Whilst I draw from a broad range of training and experience, I find that the attitude of mindfulness underpins much of my work. Whether we are exploring history; developing insight; examining thought patterns; identifying and expressing emotions; or designing experiments together, I encourage a spirit of open, present-centred curiosity. Whatever we notice and experience, as we relate to one another, could provide useful information about how you engage with yourself and the world around you. From this learning emerges the opportunity to experiment with alternatives, and to expand your range. Through this process — rather than continuing to react according to old habits — you can enhance your ability to respond to the ever-changing situation with skilful awareness.