Training & Qualifications
My training as an Integrative Psychotherapist took place over a period of 7 years at Metanoia Institute. I'm a qualified and experienced psychotherapist with an MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy from Middlesex University and Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute. Immediately before my training as a psychotherapist I gained a BSc.(Hons) Psychology (Birkbeck College, University of London) and am registered as a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).
I have been a fully qualified and registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2014. This means I work within strict professional guidelines. I adhere to the UKCP Code of Ethics, receive regular clinical supervision and am fully insured. I keep up to date with developments in the field of psychology, psychotherapy and counselling by regular attendance at CPD training events.
In addition to working in private practice, my experience over the last eleven years includes; honorary psychotherapist in an NHS Hospital Psychotherapy dept., counsellor with the mental health charity MIND and bereavement counsellor in an NHS Hospice Bereavement Service for over 5 years - here I received additional training in bereavement work. In the past I was also a volunteer with the Samaritans for several years. Earlier in my career I worked for Westminster Social Services, teaching adults with autism in a social education centre.
My approach is humanistic and relational. As an Integrative psychotherapist I bring together ideas and ways of working from several schools of thought, in particular my influences are drawn from Person-centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Existential psychotherapy. Together these different perspectives help me relate to each person from a holistic viewpoint, meaning I pay attention to the many different ways in which human experience is expressed - consciously, unconsciously, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Working in a flexible way I tailor my approach in response to each unique individual, their personality and needs. At the core of how I work is the belief that self-awareness is central to well-being.