ABOUT ME

About Me

My Background & Qualifications

I came to counselling and psychotherapy as a second career after spending 20 years in the corporate sector. My own experiences there of therapy led me to pursue this as a career for myself.

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London and am continuing my training there to Masters degree level. I currently work in a general counselling service in West London in addition to seeing clients in my private practice.

I work with a range of presentations including depression, anxiety, bereavement, and relationship difficulties. I am particularly interested in working with clients through periods of transition, where questions of self-identity are prominent, for example adjusting to parenthood, redundancy or relationship loss.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework, which guides the values and principles at the heart of my practice: confidentiality, respect, equality. Like all registered therapists I am in regular professional supervision, which provides me with the support I need to work with my clients’ difficult material.

My Approach

I am trained in Transactional Analysis, part of the humanistic tradition of counselling and psychotherapy Its philosophy is very much centred on the value of each individual and a belief in their capacity to grow and change. It offers a number of powerful frameworks for understanding people's distress but uses a language that is non-theoretical and readily accessible.

In my work I draw on not only the humanistic traditions such as Gestalt and Person Centred therapies but also psychoanalytic ideas and attachment theories as a way of understanding how our early experiences and relationships can shape how we view ourselves and the world around us.

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process; my role is not to “fix” but to facilitate understanding and awareness and to empower clients to make new choices. I work relationally, which means that the relationship between us is a powerful vehicle for change; it provides both a context for understanding more about how you relate to others and they relate to you and a framework for developing healthier relationships. We are both hurt and healed in relationships.
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