My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- BSc (Hons) in Law,
- MA in Social Policy and Administration, London School of Economics
- MSc in Systemic Family Therapy, London University/Institute of Family Therapy
- PhD in Systemic Psychotherapy. London University/Birkbeck College
- Advanced Certificate in Supervision and Training, IFT
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Association for Family Therapy (AFT)
- Institute of Family Therapy (IFT)
- College of Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy (EFTA)
- Registered Supervisor (AFT-IFT)
My professional experience:
I am a consultant Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. I have worked within NHS for 25 years, most recently as a Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Richmond Royal Hospital, South West London and St Georges NHS Trust being the head of Psychology and Psychotherapies within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and leading a department for adolescent with eating disorders which had been recognized as one of the best services in the capital.
I originally trained as a lawyer. I subsequently pursued my career in mental health and obtained a PhD in Systemic Psychotherapy from London University. I have also obtained a degree from London University/ Institute of Family Therapy as a trainer and supervisor recognized by the Association of Family Therapy and UKCP. I have taught for many years on the Family Therapy Master Degree courses within the Institute of Family Therapy and Institute of Psychiatry. At present I solely work privately at different organizations such as Nightingale Hospital, 999 Medical Centre and Harley Street. I also offer post-qualifying supervision to clinicians working within the field. For many years I have run groups for people with an eating disorders and their families, anxiety and depression and other stress management difficulties. Whilst my work in the public sector has been mainly with adolescents and their families, I have developed my expertise in working with couples and individuals through further training, my private practice as well as supervising clinical work of other practitioners.
My Personal Statement:
I am available to anyone who wants to change and feel better about themselves. I have had many years of experience working with different kind of emotional and psychological difficulties. My special field of expertise is eating disorders and couple therapy but I work with any family with complex psychological and relational difficulties. I am particularly interested to work with families when a member of the family suffers from a mental health difficulty which was the field I researched for my PhD.
I would like to be able to provide a safe and comfortable space for therapy and would spend time in the first session to provide psycho education and would be interested to know about your prior experience of therapy.
The initial meeting will be your opportunity to evaluate whether you feel comfortable working and discussing personal issues with me. Good comfort level is one of the keys to good therapeutic relationship.
Therapy ends when you have learned to better deal with the difficulties in your life that initiated seeking professional help.