I have been working as a psychotherapist for a number of years, ( I qualified with an MSc in 2013), previous to which I worked as a registered general nurse. Initially I was based on a busy surgical ward and then moved onto working with families with children and young people with learning disabilities, (for 13 years).
I have been interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for over 20 years and initially started training (in basic counselling skills/concepts) in 1997.
The world of therapy and modern research into how therapy works and affects us, in particular the brain and body, has led me to develop a keen interest in trauma; how we are affected by trauma and how, if we choose, we can eventually heal from trauma.
There is an ever growing field of research around neuroscience (involving the brain and the nervous system), that clearly evidences the beneficial changes that therapy can make to the structure of our brain and of our nervous system.
Presently I am training in Sensorimotor psychotherapy, a type of therapy that works with the body to heal traumatic memories.
Sometimes talk therapy is not enough to help a client heal traumatic memories and/or symptoms. Sensorimotor therapy includes working with the body (symptoms) in order to complete what couldn’t happen at the time of the trauma, (the flight/fight responses for example).
Trauma can have an overwhelming effect on the body so that symptoms can show up somatically (in the body).
”Modernity has brought with it...a split between what we know with our whole being and what our thinking mind accepts as truth. Of these two kinds of knowledge the latter, narrower, kind most often wins out, to our loss”
Quote taken from the book ‘When the Body says No’ by Gabor Mate.
I trained at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham, for 4 years, where I gained a Masters degree (MSc) in Integrative Psychotherapy and counselling.
I attended the EMDR parts 1-3 training in 2017 and am a member of the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland
I completed a 1 year IoPT (Identity oriented psycho trauma) training course in 2016 with Vivian Broughton in London.
MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: Completed year 1
Advanced Diploma in Family Systems Therapy
Post graduate certificate in Emotional Education
TA 101 (Transactional Analysis)
BSc in Nursing / Sleep practitioner
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Part of the requisites of being accredited means that I need to undertake regular training (CPD) each year. Training I have recently attended includes:
- EMDR / Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. Level 3.
- 5 day training course held in Munich (2016) in the IoPT method (trauma work) run by Franz Rupert, author of Early Trauma
- Anger Rage and Relationship. 3 day workshop with Sue Parker Hall
- Making Trauma Therapy Safer: Training course with Babette Rothschild (author of The Body Remembers)
- Family Systems Constellations Workshop: Group workshops with Vivian Broughton (author of The Heart of Things)
- Personality Disorders Training: Training course run by KUF (Knowledge and Understanding Frameworks)
- Working Therapeutically with clients with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
I continue to develop my knowledge and skills by undertaking regular continuing professional development through training and supervision which is required as part of my practice. I am an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and adhere to its strict code of ethics and professional practice, and to that provided by the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI).