Professional Qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- Msc in Rehabilitative Counselling and Health Care
- MA in Child, Adolescent and Family Transpersonal Psychotherapy – UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist
- Msc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy – UKCP registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
- PG Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy
I have worked in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy for about 20 years. My work began in a Pregnancy Crisis centre then over years I worked with young people with schools and Youth Offending Services initially as a Drugs Counsellor but then as a Psychotherapist. My work evolved to me working within a CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) where I worked with young people and their families for about 10 years, this included working with sexual abuse, substance use, behavioural difficulties and other life concerns in the context of mental illness.
To develop my expertise in mental health I expanded my client work to include work with Couples in Improving Access to Psychological therapies (IAPT) and then within my own practice. My adult based experience has occurred within NHS mental health services working to evidence-based ideas. In this time the work was often communication break down or life post affairs. During this work I undertook additional training in psychosexual therapy to support my couples therapy work and it has been a part of my practice since this time. My psychosexual work has introduced me to working with specific sexual functioning problems like Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation or Vaginismus. It has also provided me access to work with the world of sexualities specifically the LGBT communities where I have supported people with identity concerns as well as relationship difficulties.
As briefly mentioned previously I work with a variety of presenting problems as life is varied and people all have unique ways of presenting, carrying and or negotiating their pain. Whether this is in the context of trauma, historical abuse, identity concerns, communication problems at the heart of the work is a relationship. I would describe myself as having a relational approach to treatment. I use my self as a central resource in working with people. I speak, I engage we work with intentionality meaning that we are working deliberately to create change. This change is not imposed by me, it is whatever you want to change, a feeling, an understanding, it is about what brought you to therapy. This process of therapy for me is grounded in my own belief about “meaning making”. When we look back how do we understand what happened? How do we understand who we are now? How much of our distress is caught up in the story we have made about ourselves? This is not to take away from the genuine pain of trauma or abuse but to engage with what it means to us and what can we do about it.