My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology; General, Midwifery and Psychiatric Nurse
- Accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) Membership no. 079069
- Registered with the Health Care Professional Council, Membership no. PYL03347
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
- My Masters research was on Registered Nurses perceptions of their own Chronic Illness while working in the hospital wards.
- My Doctoral Research was on older women and their experience of ageing.
- I am interested in the phenomenon of embodiment i.e. the personal experience of the connection we make between our mind and body and the ways in which we cope with this connection when either the mind or body is compromised.
My period of service to others spans over a period of 28 years. It started with study and work in the field of nursing in South Africa qualifying as a General Nurse, Midwife and Psychiatric Nurse. Then I progressed into the area of Personal Development and Training in human relationships for all levels and disciplines of hospital personnel. During this time I completed an undergraduate degree majoring in Communication and Psychology followed by the BA Honours in Counselling Psychology. After settling in London I went on to complete the Masters Degree; Post-Masters Degree, and Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Alongside my clinical work, I have also worked as a lecturer over a period of 8 years at City University, London and as a Senior Lecturer on the Doctoral Programme in Counselling Psychology at the London Metropolitan University.
Throughout this period of 28 years I have worked in academic and NHS hospitals for the mentally and physically ill, and in the private sector of Nightingale Hospital London where I am now.
My Personal Statement:
Because of my experience as a nurse and psychologist working in hospitals, I have experience in working with a wide range of chronic and terminal illnesses, plus a full range of mental health problems in adults and older adult populations. I have special interests in working with clients who experience and suffer from: bereavement; health anxiety, depression, all forms of anxiety presentations, health anxieties and adjustment to loss and change e.g. chronic illness or injuries. My style of working with clients is Integrative. The main integrative approaches I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) , psychodynamic and Person Centred approaches for this integrative style. This integrative approach facilitates a more holistic way of addressing psychological, biological, social and spiritual aspects of clients’ mental difficulties and challenges. EMDR is also used as an adjunct to therapy when indicated such as a trauma and pain management.