The main curative part of psychotherapy is the relationship itself. It appears not to be relevant which psychology school the practitioner belongs to. What matters is the quality of the relationship and the practitioner's belief in what he or she is offering
Before training to become a counsellor, I worked in retail and then as an editor. Experiencing loss myself led me to realise the value of skilful therapy to help me put myself back together. Changing career is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's an honour and a joy to get to know my clients and their lives.
In addition to my private practice, I'm a member of the counselling team at Orchid, which offers help and support to men diagnosed with gender-specific cancers. I've also worked as a senior counsellor with adults at a bereavement charity, for Mind, counselling young people., and with HoardingUK, a specialist charity supporting people with hoarding disorder, as a counsellor and later conducting initial assessments with clients in their homes. I work with a very diverse variety of people from early teenage to individuals in their eighties and nineties, and of different races, genders and sexualities. I acknowledge differences between us and respect that we are all unique with our own life experiences and viewpoints.
I’m an Integrative therapist, which means that I’m trained and experienced in several different therapeutic modalities. I work mainly in a Person-Centred way, but also use Psychodynamic and CBT concepts if I think they may be helpful to you. I aim to build a trusting and non-judgmental alliance between us to help you understand what you need and how we can go about working towards it.
As an Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS20-02310) and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP386220), I am bound by their Codes of Ethics. I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, as well as a BA Honours Humanities degree. For your protection and reassurance, I’m fully insured and have an Enhanced DBS check.
I'm a registered provider for Cigna Heath Care.
I constantly strive to add to my professional knowledge and skills, and to stay up to date with the latest developments in bereavement and loss therapy in particular.