My qualifications and experienceProfessional Qualifications
I hold an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Psychodynamic theory looks at how past experiences can lead to patterns in the present day in the way we relate to others, react to events and generally feel about ourselves. These patterns are often unconscious and, if they are unhelpful, can lead to symptoms such as those related to depression, anxiety and relationship problems. Psychodynamic counselling involves working together to explore and gain some understanding of these patterns. This is the first step in being able to make new choices and move towards positive change (for more information about the counselling process see About Counselling and Frequently Asked Questions pages)
As part of my continuous professional development I regularly attend workshops and training events. Most recently I have obtained training in methods of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy I find that this approach can be particularly helpful when symptoms, such as those of depression,anxiety,obessional thoughts and actions, are severe and debilitating.
I receive reguarly professional supervision, in accordance with the requirements of BACP membership.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Previous and Current Counselling Experience
As well as working in private practice, I am also employed as a Primary Care counsellor in a GP surgery.
I have worked as a trainee and voluntary qualifed counsellor in a community based counselling service (Waterloo Community Counselling) from 1996-2000. I worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and ages.
I gained experience of working with young people at Ealing Youth Counselling and Information Service (2001-2002) before my family's relocation to Nottingham.
I have worked as a therapist with children in primary schools in and around Nottingham as well as with children, young people and their families at the Nottingham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). I have been in private practice in since 2003.
My professional background is in the Life Sciences and I have worked in research and as a lecturer in higher education. My work at the University of Greenwich involved a key pastoral role with students and, as I became more interested and committed to this aspect of my work, I decided to pursues a counselling training and career.
I am a parent and I have experience of the challenges that this brings.
I have carried out voluntary work for the National Childbirth Trust and I was involved in setting up a counselling group which specialised in the traumatic effects of a difficult birth. This project was informed by the work of Sheila Kitzinger and the Birth Crisis Network. It is an area in which I continue to have a special interest, along with antenatal and postnatal counselling.