A qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, I work from an empowering and supportive perspective. I love what I do, and am passionate about helping women recover from their experiences and go on to lead the lives that they choose to live.
My focus is women and women’s issues, and I have worked solely with women for much of my working life. I have also previously worked in the addictions field as a counsellor.
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
In my work, 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 also provided training and consultation to social services around the dynamics of abuse and supporting survivors.
I initially trained at the Mary Ward Centre in London, then 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.