My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
I am a member of the BACP and have been an accredited Psychotherapist since 2002.
I am also a member of the BABCP and currently have provisional accreditation with them as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
- 2008-2012 Bangor University: Post Grad Diploma and certificate of competence in Teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness based Approaches
- March 2005 Albert Ellis Institute, New York: Relationship and Sex Therapy Practicum in Rational Emotive Behaviour Theory (REBT)
- 2002 – 2004 Goldsmiths College, London: MSc REBT/CBT
- 2000 Centre for Stress Management: Advanced primary certificate: Multimodal Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling
- 1993-1996 City University: Facilitator and Counselling Experiential Training and Supervision (FACETS), (BACP accredited course)
My professional experience:
I have had a wide range of experience working as a Therapist in a variety of situations. I worked from 1996 – 2002 as a therapist for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, and adults with High Functioning Autism using a Multimodal CBT approach. This work focused on Anxiety, Agoraphobia and Panic attacks, Social anxiety and OCD, as well as Depression and Anger. I also ran a Social Skills group at this time.
From 2002 I worked with Drug and Alcohol issues in a residential rehab and a third stage house, before moving to community based services in 2004 where I worked with assessment and 1-2-1 work. In 2004 I set up and managed a Day Programme for people who had been detoxed and were abstinent from drugs and alcohol, before setting up an Open Access Alcohol Service in 2010. In 2012 I left drug and alcohol services to work as a CBT Therapist in IAPT services working with depression and anxiety disorders. In 2013 I joined Nightingale Hospital London as a sessional CBT therapist.
My personal Statement:
I have worked with a variety of problems that people experience and am interested in the mechanisms and processes that underpin our experiences of depression and anxiety, and the impact that this has on day to day life. I find Cognitive Behavioural Approaches suit my style of working and I enjoy the collaborative relationship that goes with this approach.
I have been particularly drawn to approaches that highlight self-acceptance and compassion, and believe that any process of change begins with developing an understanding and acceptance of our current experience. I approach therapy from the viewpoint that with acceptance everything in our experience is workable. A key part of this is the exploration of values and meanings that form our own personal philosophies, and how this influences our approach to our situation.
I have been practising Mindfulness meditation personally since 1995 and have been interested in the way that mindfulness approaches have been integrated into CBT over the last 10 years. I particularly enjoy introducing Mindfulness practices into individual therapy as a way of helping people to relate differently to their experience of suffering, and in particular helping people to become embodied as a way of relating differently to experiences.