I am a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist. My training was at Spectrum, a humanistic psychology centre in North London. There I completed a course in counselling in 1994 as part of my psychotherapy training. Graduating in 1998, I was accredited in 2000 and registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom for Psychotherapy & Counselling) in 2001. I work to the UKCP Code of Ethics.
In 2001 I completed a specialised training programme in Couples Counselling with Jill Gabriel (www.jillgabriel.com). I also trained in Brief Solution Focused Therapy in 2005, and in 2009 I completed a certificate course at BAPCA for working with people with eating disorders.
I am committed to continuing professional development, which includes regular supervision, and to abiding by my professional body's Code of Conduct. I am DBS checked.
My experience includes counselling in an NHS general practice, the Domestic Violence Intervention Project and Victim Support.
My interest in therapy came in part from my work in human resource management and training. I have a BSc in Social Policy & Administration and an MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from the London School of Economics, Before university I spent three years in Germany where I worked as a technical translator and interpreter.
Areas of Specialism
I am an experienced clinical supervisor and enjoy supporting therapists in their work with clients.
I have considerable experience in work counselling, including redundancy, bullying, discrimination, stress and career change. This is informed by my background in human resource management and training. I am an affiliate counsellor with a number of Employee Assistance Providers.
I am particularly passionate about couples counselling and have worked with couples at various stages of their relationship. Other areas of interest are self-esteem, bereavement and loss, ageing and childlessness, and life transitions.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is as important as the theoretical frame of reference or the techniques employed. A good working alliance can enable the client to share more deeply.
While I draw from a wide range of techniques, one of the approaches I am interested in is formative psychology (for more information, see the page on this).
I am experienced in working with clients from diverse backgrounds, cultures and sexualities.