what I can offer you
I bring a total of 12 years of training in psychology, psychotherapy and the therapeutic arts to my private practice, along with a wealth of experience from working with adults, children and young people in a variety of settings both in the UK and abroad.
Studying Psychology was an easy choice for me, as I have always had a keen interest in the human mind. My undergraduate degree gave me a good foundation in understanding human behaviour and motivation (along with a whole lot of scientific research skills).
However, it was my desire to help people heal from adverse life experiences, so that they could achieve in-depth transformation and positive change in their psychological health, that led me to complete extensive studies in psychotherapy at Regent's University, London.
I also had an interest in the healing properties of the creative arts. I spent a wonderful year learning about - and immersing myself in - the 'seven art forms,' as I trained for my diploma in the therapeutic arts at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), London.
The seven art forms I studied were: art/image, music, sandplay, drama/puppetry, movement, clay and poetry. In my own work, I also include mindfulness in nature. All can be used therapeutically to reflect on one's inner process. You can read more here.
For my MA dissertation, I researched how shame impacts one's self-perception and life story. Shame hides in the subtle belief that we are not quite good enough; that we are somehow flawed. This is a common experience that can be isolating; however, bringing our feelings out into the open and sharing them can open up a way forward.
I know what it's like to sit 'in the other chair.' You could say that I practise what I preach; I have completed no less than six years of personal therapy. This was part of the course requirement throughout my advanced training, however, I can personally testify to the transformative experience that therapy can be.
It is my firm belief that no matter how difficult things have been, or what you are currently dealing with, things can get better. Despite life's pain and hardship, human beings have an inherent capacity for growth and purpose, creativity and joy - a life well lived. It is my hope that I can help you a few steps along the way on this journey.
Along with psychotherapy and the creative arts, I have a special interest in the healing properties of nature, contemplative silence, and the human/animal bond.
qualifications and experience
- BSc Psychology
- MA Psychotherapy & Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
- Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Arts
- Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents
- Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Work with Children
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills
- PGCE (Qualified Teacher Status)
In addition to my private practice, I gained several years' clinical experience working with adults aged 25-69+ at Mind UK, and with young people aged 14-25 at the Terrence Higgins Trust Youth Counselling Project. Prior to this, I have also worked with asylum seeking families, and with dementia patients in the Swedish NHS.
As a qualified teacher I also bring a wealth of experience from my many years in education, working with children and young people aged 4-19 and their parents and carers.
interested in working with me?
If you are interested in working with me, you are welcome to book a FREE 20-minute initial consultation. If you would like to find out a bit more before you make your decision, please get in touch for an informal chat.