Professional qualification, accreditations and memberships:
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology by Professional Studies – Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University
- HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- BPS Accredited Counselling Psychologist
- UKCP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist
- Certificate in Mindful CBT
- Certificate in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy
- EMDR Levels I & II
My professional experience:
I have over 10 years experience working as a psychologist with a range of clients in a variety of settings. Within the healthcare environment, I have worked in a GP surgery, 3rd tier IAPT service and intermediate care service as well as two hospices where I counselled patients and bereaved relatives.
In addition, I have experience in work-based counselling for operational and non-operational staff at the London Fire Brigade, focussing mainly on trauma and managerial/team relationship issues. I have also worked alongside other physical and alternative therapists in a holistic therapy centre for women in Islington.
In addition to my clinical work, I supervise doctoral research for trainee psychologists and sit on viva panels for final year psychotherapists at the Metanoia Institute.
My previous career was health and social management with a particular interest in commissioning and developing community services such as IAPT and ME/CFS services.
My personal statement:
I offer counselling and psychotherapy to people wishing to explore and change a part of their life which is causing them distress or confusion.
I am trained in a number of different therapeutic techniques, therefore I tailor my approach to each person depending on a number of factors, for example what they are looking for, how many sessions they want, whether they want to be more structured or free-flowing and/or if they wish to focus on the here-and-now or make some connections with the past.
From many years’ experience, I have learnt that people get the most from the process when they are ready to explore what might be stopping them from changing in the way they want, even though they wish for things to be different; I see fear and resistance as normal and creative as they are often on the cusp of something more productive and remedial.
I have a particular interest in working with somatic symptoms in the body and helping sensitive or intuitive people understand themselves. My doctoral research focussed on intergenerational trauma and what people might carry unconsciously and emotionally from the experiences of their ancestors.
As a practitioner, I combine a strong grounding in psychotherapeutic theory and technique through my extensive training with my reflections and experience as a fellow human being who understands the joys and vicissitudes of life. I believe that I am rooted and realistic whilst also being open to what is unknowable and trying to emerge.