I am a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor. I am an integrative counsellor, which means I don't follow solely one school of counselling but am informed by a range of theories including Person-Centred, Attachment Based Psychodynamic Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my work. I adapt the way I work and the techniques I use to each client’s individual needs.
I have also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy with EMDR Works and am a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland.
Research shows that it is the quality of the relationship between client and counsellor which most affects the effectiveness of counselling.
I aim to establish a good, collaborative, safe working relationship with you and help you make sense of what is happening in the 'here and now' as well as how the present is affected by your past experiences and relationships. Through this understanding we can work towards your goals.
I adhere to the ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Professional Experience and Qualifications
I have worked as a counsellor since 1995; in the NHS at The Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, in various settings in the voluntary sector including a project with Cancer Research UK and in general private practice. Previously to becoming a Counsellor, I worked for 10 years in the NHS as a Therapeutic Radiographer.
In 1993, I gained a Certificate in Cancer Counselling Skills, CSCT, Hackney, London. I then completed a Diploma in Counselling, in 1996, with CSCT, Hackney, London.
In 1999, I completed a Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Training at The Centre for Stress Management, Hayes Grove Priory Hospital, Bromley, Kent.
In 2005 I became a BACP Accredited Counsellor and a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor.
As of 2013,The UKRCP has changed its name to the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists. So, I am now a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor.
I have recently completed Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 EMDR theory and practice training with EMDRworks.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapy that has been proven to be effective in treating trauma, and is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Practitioners are also finding it effective in the treatment of other anxiety related problems.
As a Registered BACP Accredited Counsellor, I undertake at least 30 hours of professional development per year.
I currently work for The Lullaby Trust in addition to my private practice. Between May 2014 and March 2017 I worked for Mind In West Essex Talking Therapies Service (an NHS IAPT Service until March 2015). I am also a Guest Lecturer on counselling skills and counselling people affected by cancer for City University on the BSc(Hons) Radiography course.
Areas of Specialism
I have worked with the following:
Please note that I work with individuals and do not offer family therapy or couples counselling.