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 telephone support 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 current training is an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy which gives me a strong core that focuses on the therapeutic relationship and what emerges from the dialogue between us.
I am committed to my continuing professional development as a practitioner and currently I am in my fifth year of MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy training at Metanoia in London.
I am a qualified Registered Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their Code of Ethics.