Personal ApproachMy approach is flexible and creative and I integrate all aspects of my professional knowledge and training in the way I work. I always seek to establish a strong and supportive relationship with each of my clients so that together we can look at areas which may be deeply painful to acknowledge.
Experience:With over 15 years professional experience, I have provided counselling at GP surgeries as part of the NHS Psychological Therapies' initiative as well as working at Sutton Counselling Service - initially as a counsellor and subsequently as a Supervisor of training and qualified counsellors. In addition, I have a background in the commercial sector as an professional Coach with particular expertise in supporting individuals as they strengthen their resilience and inner resourcefulness when facing uncertain circumstances within the workplace.
Professional Qualifications:I trained with WPF Therapy, one of the leading psychotherapy institutions within the UK, and achieved their Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies also accredited by Roehampton University. The training is rigorous and has a reputation for high clinical excellence - it is recognised by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
Psychodynamic therapy looks at how our past life experiences can influence our present day relationships and behaviour often without us being aware. We have each taken in things from our earlier lives and sometimes they can form the basis of unhelpful, repeating, patterns in what we do. Whilst much of what we have learned is good and useful, there may be other aspects that have become obstacles to us making healthy choices and having a strong sense of well-being
I have undertaken CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Skills training at WPF Therapy and will incorporate elements of this approach if it seems appropriate. I also have experience of Mindfulness training and practice.
I am a qualified and experienced Supervisor, working with groups and individuals, and accredited with BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision).
Accredited with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and a member of the FPC (Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling) - abiding by their Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice as well as GDPR compliant.