I have always been interested in therapy and how it works after I experienced it for myself in my twenties. After completing my psychology degree I worked for Naval Welfare offering emotional support by telephone to Naval Personnel and their families, and also trained as a volunteer bereavement counsellor working primarily with children.
These experiences led me to want to train professionally as a counsellor. I did this whilst I worked in a voluntary organisation which supported families with young children. Here I facilitated training days that included assertiveness, counselling skills, parenting skills, stress management and relaxation, and building self esteem.
Since qualifying as a counsellor I have gained extensive experience of working with clients in a variety of settings; as a Primary Care Counsellor within GP surgeries; as an Addiction Counsellor within a counselling agency and in Private Practice working both open ended and short term.
My initial training was an integration of humanistic therapies which inspired me to further training in Gestalt Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute in London. This training was an intensive five years of study that deepened my own awareness of the importance of body as well as mind processes in connecting with my experience. I continue to enhance my skills through ongoing professional development.
I am also committed to my continuing professional development as a practitioner.
I am a qualified Registered Accredited therapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their Code of Ethics.