- Accredited and registered member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP )
- Master of Arts (MA) – Counselling and Psychotherapy (Thames Valley University)
- Diploma of Higher Education -Psychodynamic counselling (University of Surrey)
- BPS approved certificate in clinical supervision
Experience as a Psychotherapist & Counsellor
I am a qualified and experienced practitioner with extensive experience in the NHS, Education, the Corporate Sector and also in private practice. My NHS experience has included working in specialised adult services in HIV and also in Renal Services.
I have worked in various schools, with children of all ages in both the state and the independent sectors. Some of my current clinical work is in an independent girls boarding school on the South coast which educates many girls from overseas aged between 11-18 years old. I have worked with young people who experience: low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders, parental separation, anger management, panic attacks / anxiety / stress, gender issues, relationship difficulties and depression. My counselling career began in 1991 in the corporate world of British Airways. I worked within the 24 hour crisis counselling service for the short and long haul multi-cultural cabin crew community.
I gained particular satisfaction working in this field as I had previously enjoyed the experience of being a long haul cabin crew member with British Airways. It felt like a natural move to work therapeutically within this unique environment. I was also a Member of a strategic development team who established a Working Parents Group within the cabin crew community, designing and delivering workshops in psycho education and setting up network support groups.
This led to an interest in working with children and young adults. I have particular interest in working with children from different cultures and backgrounds who may not necessarily have English as their first language.
I have also worked in Madrid, Spain, in private practice working with adults and children. Much of my work here included working with ex-pats as well as foreign nationals.
As a qualified Clinical Supervisor I provide clinical support to counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice and also in employment within the NHS, academic and charitable organisations. I also work with students and newly qualified practitioners.
My commitment to the therapeutic profession and my desire to continually broaden and increase my expertise motivates me to continually develop my skills and practice. This enables me to offer my clients eclectic ways of working with complex issues.
I practice in Brighton and Hove and Harley Street, London
- C.B.T for alcohol and substance mis-use
- HIV, hepatitis and vulnerable populations
- Creative therapeutic communications with children and young people
- Certificate in Egan’s solution focused training
- Managing the impact of bullying
- Supporting students who self-harm
- Emotionally unstable personality disorders
- Ethical issues in end of life care
- British Psychological Society recognised qualification in Clinical Supervision
My core training is psychodynamic but my approach is informed by further integrative training. This allows me to offer my clients a versatile and individual package of therapy to work with them to help them find the best possible way forward.
Often as children, we learn creative ways or patterns of relating to others in order to manage difficult feelings. As adults we may be unaware that we maintain the same patterns and beliefs which may have become detrimental to us and can result in difficulties for ourselves in our present life
I believe that we all have the potential to change these patterns that initially we may be unaware of. Once we can see our situation with clarity and the part we play in maintaining our difficulties, we can achieve the freedom and confidence in making new choices and break old negative patterns.