I have always been interested in therapy and how it works after I experienced it for several years 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.
Once qualified as a counsellor I gained extensive experience working within the NHS with clients experiencing depression and anxiety; sometimes due to longstanding issues and sometimes as a result of recent life events. I also worked within a counselling service working therapeutically with clients who wanted help to reduce or manage their alcohol use, alongside addressing the underlying trauma that triggered this. I also developed a small private practice alongside these positions.
Since my initial training I had wanted to deepen my skills further and chose to study Gestalt Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute in London. This training was an intensive five years of study that deepened my awareness of the importance and value of exploring body processes, as well as mind, to help me understand and make meaning of my experience. Our felt sense offers an implicit knowing that we have learnt to ignore, giving priority to our thoughts.
I am committed to my continuing professional development as a practitioner to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of my practice. The effectiveness of exploring body process in my work has now further led me to study Sensorimotor Psychotherapy; a body focussed treatment for trauma.
I am a qualified psychotherapist Registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists and work to their Code of Ethics.