I trained over a period of 7 years as an Integrative psychotherapist at Metanoia Institute. I'm a qualified and experienced psychotherapist with an MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy from Middlesex University and a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute. This means I work within strict professional guidelines.
Immediately before my training as a psychotherapist I studied Psychology and hold a BSc.(Hons) Psychology (Birkbeck College, University of London).
I’m a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and adhere to the UKCP Code of Ethics. I 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 clinical experience over the last ten years includes work as an 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. At the latter I received additional training in bereavement work. I was also a volunteer with the Samaritans for several years. Earlier in my career I worked in Westminster Social Services teaching adults with autism.
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 Psychodynamic, Gestalt 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. At the core of how I work is the belief that self-awareness is central to well-being.