a bit about me
I bring over 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.
Following my undergraduate degree in Psychology, I trained as a teacher. I have worked with the full 4-18 age range but for the most part, I taught Psychology A-level as a Head of Department, both in state-funded and independent schools.
However, it was my desire to work 1:1 with people to provide therapeutic support that led me to complete extensive studies in psychotherapy and creative arts counselling at Regent's University London, and the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE).
My MA dissertation focused on shame 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 can help release the shadows of the past. The therapeutic space can be a healing container where you can reassess your life story in the light of making sense of your early relational experiences, which is typically where shame originates.
I have also completed research into the emotional experience of looking at art.
I can personally testify to the transformative experience that therapy can be. Part of the course requirement throughout my psychotherapy training was attending therapy yourself. For this reason, I have completed no less than six years of personal therapy, and this was an invaluable experience that I wouldn't be without.
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 inevitable ups and downs, 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.
I have a special interest in the healing properties of nature, contemplative silence, and the wordless communication inherent in 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 booking a call?
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.