A qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, I work from an empowering and supportive perspective. I love what I do, and am passionate about helping women to lead the lives that they choose. To date, I have eight years experience as a counsellor for a number of projects within the charity sector as well as, more recently, in private practice.
I work integratively, which means that I draw on various models and theories in my work. I was initially trained in three major approaches to therapy;
- psychodynamic – explores how our past influences our present
- person-centred – which focuses on the relationship between the therapist and client, specifically how the therapist is towards the client (accepting, warm, non-judgmental) and has a deep faith in the client’s capacity for healing and change
- existentialism – explores how we relate to the big questions of life, or the fundamental limitations of our existence
As well as this, I also draw on various other approaches, such as attachment, systemic theory and bio-psycho-social theories of trauma, which means that I am able to tailor my approach depending on the individual needs of my client.
I have worked in various projects supporting adult survivors and adolescent girls experiencing domestic and sexual violence in their intimate relationships including partners and parents, parents who have conflictual and difficult relationships with their children, and I also have a number of years experience in the addictions field.
In addition to this, I have run support groups for women affected by domestic and sexual violence and provided training and consultation to social services around the dynamics of familial abuse and supporting survivors.
I began my training at the Mary Ward Centre in London in 2010, then shortly afterwards completed a BSc in Integrative Counselling at Roehampton University. I have also undertaken a number of other shorter training courses and workshops in various topics such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, addiction, eating disorders and codependency.
I am a member of the UPCA, and abide by their ethical guidelines.