I am a counselling psychologist, individual psychotherapist and couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Throughout the last 20 years working I have offered psychological support to individuals, couples and families across various public, private and charitable services. I have extensive experience in working with persons facing challenging life situations, emotional distress and upsetting thoughts. Professionally I have been involved in training counselling psychologists and psychotherapists (more recently at the University of Surrey and Tavistock Relationships) as well as managing and developing clinical services. My latest venture has been the development of Tavistock Relationships Online Service.
I am a counselling psychologist with further advanced training in systemic practice. I have significant expertise and experience in working with children as well as child and adult who have experienced various forms of psychological trauma. I have a special interest in the body-mind connection and am also a qualified Embodied Yoga Teacher with extensive teaching experience in this area. I bring movement, meditation and breath-work into my therapy practice where appropriate.
Following studies in philosophy, sociology and psychology I undertook professional training in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology. I have several years experience of providing psychological input across a range of care settings within the NHS and a range of contexts outside of the NHS including private practice and consultation, charities, and as a lecturer, tutor and clinical supervisor on the Doctoral training in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology at the University of Surrey, a world renowned centre of excellence in the professional training of counselling psychologists.
Following an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in Health Psychology I undertook a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. I have specialist knowledge and experience working with the impact that trauma and stressful life experiences can have on people’s emotional and physical health and relationships. However, as a growing body of research and my own clinical experience demonstrates, the brain, mind and body can adapt at any stage of life and therapy can be an opportunity to grow with stronger foundations and develop confidence to make meaningful life changes. In addition, I believe it is important to acknowledge the impact of visible or invisible aspects of difference such as gender, race, religion, age, class, culture, ethnicity, education and sexuality amongst others.
I have extensive clinical experience over the past 14 years working with people across different services and sectors. Within the NHS, I have worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatric Psychology, Adult Mental Health and Eating Disorder Services. Alongside this I have worked in international development, as well as in the charity and private sector.
I may see you as an individual, couple or family and if required I am able to work collaboratively with my counselling psychologist colleagues at Counselling Psychologists Online.
After two decades of story telling, in varied roles within television production, I chose to re-train as a psychotherapist. Following six years of specialist training in Addiction Psychology and Attachment-Based Therapy, and several years working within private and public organisations, charities, and addiction treatment centres, I now offer my services alongside colleagues at Counselling Psychology online.
I combine online work with guest teaching and facilitating workshops with various corporate and therapy training organisations on the subject of attachment insecurity and issues of dependency. I am registered with and accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP).