My desire to re-train as a psychotherapist has been a natural progression of working on my own personal development and the positive changes that have come about as a result. My earlier career has been varied, but has had a strong focus on corporate customer service and public relations.Training & Qualifications
I have completed five years of professional training at Regent's College School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology
. I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling (2006) and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (2010).
I am accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
and as such am bound by their ethical framework for good practice. I am also a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I am currently undertaking a training in Group Analytic Psychotherapy at the Institute of Group Analysis
I have had several years of experience of working with clients with a diverse range of difficulties at Hammersmith & Fulham Mind
, Victim Support Westminster
, and Wimbledon Guild
.Continuing Professional Development
I am committed to my own personal and professional development and as such have regular supervision with a UKCP accredited supervisor. I also attend a number of professional training courses each year and read widely to facilitate my ongoing development as a psychotherapist.Therapeutic Approach
I am trained as an Integrative Psychotherapist which means that I draw from more than one theoretical orientation. My own theoretical perspective draws together relational psychodynamic and existential-phenomenological approaches.
To give a taste of how I work ... I encourage clients to describe in detail the experiences that they are relating as their narrative gives me clues to their worldview, value and belief system. As a client is telling their story I am reflecting back to them what I am hearing, as if I am metaphorical mirror. A further premise of the way in which I work, is my belief in the client's way of relating in the therapeutic relationship being somewhat indicative of their manner of relating in the wider world. Also, I encourage clients to talk about earliest memories so that links between past and current ways of being may be made. This approach can also enable a client to get in touch with painful, difficult feelings.