More about me
I completed my first degree in Psychology in the 1980's at Manchester University. After spending some years in business working in a marketing consultancy in London I then left to raise my young family. My love and passion for understanding the human condition never left me and over 10 years ago I went back to formal education to train in the applied field of Counselling Psychology. Based at Roehampton University, I completed an extensive postgraduate training programme to become a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. This required the completion of 2 postgraduate diplomas and a masters qualification over a 4 year period.
My clinical experience includes working with adults and young people across a range of health care settings. In the NHS I worked in an IAPT service offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to people in a primary care centre in New Malden. Later I joined a team of psychotherapists in a secondary care service run by Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust where I worked with individuals with more severe mental health problems who were offered longer term therapeutic support. I also have experience in working for a charity who provide low-cost counselling and psychotherapy for the local community and for HYCS, a counselling service for young people aged 11-25, based in the London Borough of Hounslow.
My therapeutic approach is relational integrative as it is informed from the theoretical ideas and research evidence of attachment theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, developmental psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness. I aim to create a warm, collaborative and trusting therapeutic relationship where clients experience what it is like to tell their story in the presence of someone who genuinely and attentively listens.
I continue to attend lectures and courses in areas of interest and keep informed of current developments in the field of psychotherapy. Some of the more recent areas of professional development have been in Mindfulness, CBT treatments for different anxiety disorders, PTSD, and a brief model of psychodynamic therapy for depression called Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). This model of therapy is currently being offered in some NHS services as an alternative treatment protocol to CBT.
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Manchester University
PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology, Roehampton University
MSc in Counselling Psychology, Roehampton University
PG Diploma in the practice of Counselling Psychology, Roehampton University
I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society BPS (208059) and a full member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. I'm a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council HCPC ( PYL26623) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP (580505).